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Lokmat Media

Lokmat Media

Lokmat’s origins go back to the pre-Independence era of India, when a group of Indian freedom fighters launched Lokmat in 1918, in Yavatmal, a town in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. It was later acquired by the Group founder, Jawaharlal Darda who launched Lokmat’s first daily edition on 15 December 1971.

Today, the Darda family owns and operates the group through various verticals, including publishing, broadcast media, digital, entertainment, community and sports. The company website claims that Lokmat is the second largest regional language newspaper in India and has more than 18 million readers, and is the top ranked Marathi newspaper in the states of Maharashtra and Goa with 11 editions and circulation of 1.6 million copies.

The company is also in the television space, and co-owns a 24-hour news and current affairs channel, News18 Lokmat through a joint venture with the Network 18 group.


Key facts

Mother Company

Jawaharlal Darda Family Trust

Business Form


Legal Form

Private Limited

Business Sectors

Publishing; Television Broadcasting; Events


Individual Owner

Media Outlets
Other Media Outlets

Other Print Outlets

Lokmat Samachar (Hindi) (Missing Data)

Other TV Outlets

News18 Lokmat (Missing Data)

Other Online Outlets (Missing Data)


Media Business


Lokmat Media Private Limited


Regal Publications Private Limited


Lokmat Entertainment Private Limited

Television Broadcasting

IBN-Lokmat Private Limited


Jawaharlal Darda Educational Society



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General Information

Founding Year


Affiliated Interests Founder

Jawaharlal Darda

was a journalist from the pre-Independence era in India. He started Lokmat as a weekly Marathi newspaper in 1952 that eventually became a daily in 1971. He was also a minister in the Maharashtra state government between 1978 and 1993 holding important portfolios including Industry, Health, Public Works, Energy, Food and Civil Supplies.




Lokmat Media Private Limited, 1301/2, Lodha Supremus,

Dr. E. Moses Rd, Worli Circle, Mumbai - 400 018, India

Tel.: +91 22 2482 0000 /1/2/3/4/5




Tax/ ID Number


Financial Information

Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)

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Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

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Advertising (in % of total funding)

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Executive Board

Vijay Darda


Further Information

Data Publicly Available

ownership data is easily available from other sources, e. g. public registries etc.

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Meta Data

Although the ownership structure of Lokmat Media Private Limited is available in the Registry of companies, the major shareholders are the Family Trusts, and hence no specific names are clearly spelt as owners. There is no information available about the composition of the Jawaharlal Darda Family Trust which could have helped ascertain the real stakeholder in the company. The company management was written to, through email on 31st January 2019 and by courier on 1st February 2019, seeking information on the company, and verification of data. There has been no response from the company.

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