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Top 10 Most Popular Newspapers in Bangladesh

Nothing can beat the feeling of waking up in the morning, making a cup of tea for yourself, and opening up a newspaper to catch up with the current affairs of the day. This is one of the most prominent reasons why the popularity of newspapers has not diminished despite the growth in digital media consumption. You can call this tradition archaic but there is a certain charm to it. 

Always relying on your electronic devices to serve you with the latest happenings in the world is not always preferable. Nobody likes to look at a screen all day. Some people like the feeling of flipping through pages to find interesting articles to read. This creates a sense of discovery and intrigue when reading through a newspaper. But whatever the reason may be, it is quite apparent that newspapers are not going to be replaced any time soon.

There are several newspaper publishers in Bangladesh. They are some of the most prestigious companies in the entire country and hold a position of great authority and credibility among the masses. But with so many newspapers to choose from, which ones are worth looking into? Well, to help you figure that out, we have curated a list of the 15 best newspapers in Bangladesh for this article. 

1. Prothom Alo

  • Established: 1998
  • Owner: Transcom Group
  • Headquarters: Pragati Insurance Bhaban, 20-21, Karwan Bazar Dhaka -1215, Bangladesh
  • Website: https://www.prothomalo.com/

Prothom Alo is one of the most well-renowned newspapers in the country and has held a leading position in the market for a very long time. This Bangla newspaper publisher was established on November 4, 1998. Its head office is located at Pragati Insurance Bhaban, 20-21, Karwan Bazar Dhaka 1215, Bangladesh. Transcom Group is the owner of the paper. The editor of the newspaper is the distinguished Mr. Matiur Rahman who has won The Ramon Magsaysay Award. Using their massive popularity, the newspaper popularized mathematics among its readers and was one of the main sponsors for the Mathematics Olympiad. In addition, Prothom Alo has also carried out several campaigns against drugs, HIV, AIDS, acid violence, religious terrorism, etc.

2. The Daily Star

The Daily Star is the most popular English newspaper in Bangladesh and was founded on January 14, 1991. It is owned by Transcom Group and its founder is Mr. Syed Mohammad Ali. The editor and publisher for The Daily Star is Mr. Mahfuz Anam who is one of the finest journalists in the country. There are a variety of different sections in the newspaper which include the likes of Arts and Entertainment, Lifestyle, Star Business, Star Sports, Law & Our Rights, and Star Literature just to name a few. Besides, the newspaper also publishes additional supplements and magazines such as Star Showbiz and Shout. The head office for The Daily Star is situated at 64-65, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, Dhaka-1215.

3. The Daily Ittefaq

  • Established: 1953
  • Owner: Ittefaq Group of Publications Limited
  • Headquarters: 40, Karwan Bazar Dhaka -1215, Bangladesh
  • Website: https://www.ittefaq.com.bd/

Regarded as one of the most circulated newspapers in all of Bangladesh, The Daily Ittefaq was founded in 1953 which officially makes it the oldest newspaper organization in the country. It is owned by the Ittefaq Group of Publications Limited. Some of its most popular sections are the daily horoscope and job circular. The Bangla newspaper was founded by Mr. Moulana Abdul Hamid Khan Vasani and played a vital role in the independence of Bangladesh. Currently, Tasmima Hossain holds the designation of editor in the organization. You can find their office at 40, Karwan Bazar Dhaka 1215, Bangladesh.

4. Kaler Kantho

  • Established: 2010
  • Owner: East West Media Group
  • Headquarters: Plot No: 371/A, Block No: D, Bashundhara R/A, Baridhara, Dhaka -1229, Bangladesh
  • Website: https://www.kalerkantho.com/

Kaler Kantho started its journey on January 10, 2010. Compared to the other news publications, Kaler Kantho is quite new to the industry. East West Media Group owns the paper as well as a few other popular news publications such as Bangladesh Pratidin, Daily Sun, and News24. Abed Khan was the founder of the newspaper. However, after his resignation, the popular novelist, Imdadul Haq Milan, became the editor of Kaler Kantha. There are several popular features on Kaler Kantho such as – Tech Bisshow (IT feature page), Tech Pratidin, Campus, Poralekha (Education daily), Oboshore, A2Z, Dosh Dik (Literature), Biggapon Biroti, Doctor Achen (Health), Kothay Kothay, Rongey Mela (Entertainment), Ghorar dim (Fun), Mogoj Dholai, and Tin Tin Toon Toon. You can find their headquarters at Plot No: 371/A, Block No: D, Bashundhara R/A, Baridhara, Dhaka -1229. Or you can also reach out to them using social media sites like Facebook or Twitter.

5. New Age

  • Established: 2003
  • Owner: Media New Age Ltd.
  • Headquarters: Hamid Plaza (4th floor), 300/5/A/1, Bir Uttam CR Datta Road, Hatirpool, Dhaka-1205.
  • Website: http://newagebd.net/

New Age is one of Bangladesh’s most outspoken newspaper outlets and is famous for its anti-establishment editorial policy. What’s interesting is that the newspaper is published in broadsheet format. The English newspaper was founded in 2003 and is owned by Media New Age Ltd. The headquarters for the paper is situated at Hamid Plaza (4th floor), 300/5/A/1, Bir Uttam CR Datta Road, Hatirpool, Dhaka-1205. And the current editor of the paper is Mr. Nurul Kabir who is a former leftwing activist. Despite the controversial history of the newspaper, it amassed widespread popularity from the forward-thinking youth of the country.

6. Bangladesh Pratidin

  • Established: 2010
  • Owner: East West Media Group
  • Headquarters: Plot No: 371/A, Block No: D, Bashundhara R/A, Baridhara, Dhaka -1229, Bangladesh
  • Website: https://www.bd-pratidin.com/

As previously mentioned, East West Media Group is also the owner of Bangladesh Pratidin. The publication was founded in 2010. The editor of the newspaper is the famous journalist Mr. Naem Nizam and the publisher is Mr. Moyhal Hossen Chowdhury. What makes Bangladesh Pratidin so popular is that it is comparatively more affordable than its competitors. You can find the newspaper in both Bangla and English, as well as in e-paper format. There are several categories within the paper that appeal to the general public which include National News, Editorial, Showbiz, Talkshow, Ajker Rashi, and many more. In other words, there is something for everyone here. The office of Bangladesh Pratidin is located at Plot No: 371/A, Block No: D Bashundhara R/A, Baridhara, Dhaka, 1229.

7. Naya Diganta

  • Established: 2004
  • Owner: Diganta Media Corporation
  • Headquarters: 1 RK Mission Road, Manik Mia Foundation, Motijheel, Dhaka -1203, Bangladesh
  • Website: https://www.dailynayadiganta.com/

The Daily Naya Diganta is one of the most prominent dailies, and it has been operating since 2004. It is owned by Diganta Media Corporation, which was under the leadership of Mir Quasem Ali. The entertainment magazine named ‘Therapy’ and the social magazine ‘Abokash’ are two popular weeklies by this newspaper. Plus, it also publishes a monthly magazine which is known as ‘Onno Ek Diganta’. The printed version of Naya Diganta is published only in Bangla. However, their e-paper is found both in Bangla and English versions on their website. The headquarter of this daily is located at 1 RK Mission Road, Manik Mia Foundation, Motijheel Dhaka-1203, Bangladesh.

8. Amader Shomoy

Since its inception in 2003, Amader Shomoy had a fair amount of recognition among the people of Bangladesh. At that time, the paper only cost 2 BDT which made it very affordable. Despite the infancy of the newspaper, it has garnered a loyal audience base. The company is owned by New Vision Limited and all of its publishing work is done by Notun Vision Private LTD. Nayeemul Islam Khan was the one initially in charge of publishing. But he was later removed due to a court order in 2012. The current publishing role is given to S. M. Boksha Kallal and the editor-in-chief is Mohammad Golam Sarwar. Amader Shomoy’s headquarters can be found at 118-121, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh.

9. The Financial Express

  • Established: 1993
  • Owner: International Publications Limited
  • Headquarters: Tropicana Tower (4th Floor), 45, Topkhana Road, Dhaka -1000, Bangladesh
  • Website: https://thefinancialexpress.com.bd/

The Financial Express is a very well-renowned newspaper that is read by millions of people all around the world. What’s more, is that they have a local edition of its newspaper for Bangladesh. The Financial Express primarily publishes news articles on the financial on-goings of the country. In addition, the paper also covers editorial and opinion-based pieces as well. Interestingly enough, the company started its journey back in 1993, which means it is one of the oldest publications in the country. Furthermore, the owner of the newspaper is International Publications Limited. Among its English contemporaries, The Financial Express ranks second in both physical and digital editions. This could not have been possible without the efforts of the editor of the publication – Mr. Shamsul Huq Zahid. The headquarters of The Financial Express is located at Tropicana Tower (4th Floor), 45, Topkhana Road, Dhaka-1000.

10. Manabzamin

  • Established: 1997
  • Owner: Self-owned
  • Headquarters: Zenith Tower, 40 Kawran Bazar, Dhaka -1215, Bangladesh
  • Website: https://mzamin.com/

Last but not the least, The Daily Manabzamin was founded in 1997. It is the largest Bangla publicity tabloid newspaper in the country. Its papers are available both in print and online. And their e-paper is one of the most visited online publications in Bangladesh. Its headquarters are at Zenith Tower, 40 Kawran Bazar, Dhaka-1215, and Media Printers 149-150 Tejgaon Industrial Area, Dhaka-1208. What’s interesting about The Daily Manabzamin is that they have a lot of international ties with the likes of FIFA, UEFA, and the English Premier League. As a matter of fact, Manabzamin dedicated their entire website to football during the 2010 FIFA World Cup to provide all the team stats, player profiles, and latest happenings. Furthermore, the paper also has a partnership with Sony and Warner Bros. so that they can give its readers the latest scoop on upcoming Hollywood movies. The paper is edited and published by Mahbuba Chowdhury from Matiur Rahman Chowdhury.

Noteable Mentions

Janakantha

  • Established: 1993
  • Owner: Globe Janakantha Shilpa Paribar (GJSP)
  • Headquarters: Janakantha Bhaban, 24/A, Rashed Khan Menon Road (New Eskaton), Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Website: https://www.dailyjanakantha.com/

The term Janakantha means “voice of the people”, which is an appropriate name because the newspaper tries to deeply integrate the experiences of the Bangladeshi people within its pages. All of the paper’s articles are well-researched and unbiased so that the reader gets authentic information. It started its journey in 1993 and is owned by Globe Janakantha Shilpa Paribar (GJSP). Apart from their physical newspaper, they also publish e-papers for their audience. On average, more than 275,000 copies are printed every day. As for the location of their head office, they can be found at Janakantha Bhaban, 24/A, Rashed Khan Menon Road (New Eskaton), Dhaka.

Daily Sun

  • Established: 2010
  • Owner: East West Media Group Limited 
  • Headquarters: Plot: 371/A, Block No: D, Bashundhara R/A, Baridhara, Dhaka -1229, Bangladesh
  • Website: https://www.daily-sun.com/

Although Daily Sun gained its popularity through its English dailies, the paper also has a dedicated English and Bangla news portal as well as an e-paper site for its audience to check out. The publication was founded just a little over a decade ago in 2010 and is owned by East West Media Group Limited, a concern of Bashundhara Group. Professor Syed Anwar Hossain was the founder and editor of the Daily Sun, whereas the current editorial role is designated to Enamul Hoque Chowdhury and the publishing role is given to Maynal Hossain Chowdhury. The primary driver behind the success of Daily Sun is its unbiased and unabashed approach to news reporting which led to the paper coming under attack by opposing forces. Despite that, the Daily Sun still continues to thrive and grow. It is headquartered at Plot: 371/A, Block No: D, Bashundhara R/A, Baridhara, Dhaka -1229.

Jugantor

  • Established: 1999
  • Owner: Jamuna Group
  • Headquarters: A 244 Pragati Sarani, Kuril (Bishwa Road), Baridhara, Dhaka -1229, Bangladesh
  • Website: https://www.jugantor.com/

Established in 1999, Jugantor is one of the most popular newspapers in the rural areas of Bangladesh. The company is owned by Jamuna Group where the printing and publishing are done by Jamuna Group Limited and the administrative operations are handled by Jamuna Media Ltd. The editor of the newspaper is Saiful Alam and the publisher is Salma Islam. Some of their popular features include Protimoncho, Tara Jhil Mil, and Ghore Baire to name a few. You can read the paper online too. Jugantor’s office is situated at A 244 Pragati Sarani, Kuril (Bishwa Road), Baridhara, Dhaka, 1229.

Daily Observer

  • Established: 1949
  • Owner: Observer Ltd. 
  • Headquarters: Globe Printers, 24/A, New Eskaton Road, Ramna, Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Website: https://www.observerbd.com/

The Daily Observer has a very rich history. It was initially called The Pakistan Observer when it first began printing papers in 1949. After the independence of Bangladesh, the paper was officially renamed Bangladesh Observer and was published under Bangladesh Observer Ltd. Hamidul Huq Choudhury was a politician who was the founder of the paper before it was officially rebranded to the Bangladesh Observer. Unfortunately, the popularity and demand of the paper slowly fell over time which led to the eventual discontinuation of the paper in 2010. The name of the publication was changed again to the Daily Observer in 2011 primarily due to the influence of the editor – Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury. Its office is located at Globe Printers, 24/A, New Eskaton Road, Ramna, Dhaka.

Manobkantha

Located at Borua, Khilkhet, Dhaka-1229, Manobkantha began its journey in 2012. The newspaper is owned by Asian Group and primarily prints all of its news in Bangla. The daily is published and printed by Anamika Publications Limited. under the guidance of the publisher of the newspaper Mr. S M Faruk. In addition, the editor of the paper is Mr. Dulal Ahmed Chowdhury.

Dhaka Tribune

Aside from The Daily Star, Dhaka Tribune has made a name for itself as one of the most influential English dailies in the country. The newspaper has a strong readership among the youth, diplomatic communities, and the expatriates of Bangladesh. And for Bangla readers, Dhaka Tribune also offers a Bangla version of their paper called Bangla Tribune. Founded in 2013, Dhaka Tribune’s office is at 8/C, FR Tower, Panthapath, Dhaka 1207, Bangladesh. 2A Media Limited is the proprietor of the newspaper which is under the Gemcon Group. The most notable section of the publication is its Op-ed content because several leading Bangladeshi, South Asian, and international columnists contribute to it. In addition, several industry veterans and award-winning journalists have worked for Dhaka Tribune. All of these factors have made Dhaka Tribune the fastest-growing English-language news media in Bangladesh.

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