The Kantipur daily is the first private-run broadsheet daily in Nepal. Multiparty democracy had just been restored in the country when the paper rolled out in February 1993. Since then, the paper has striven to keep the public updated on current affairs, stir discussion and protect democratic values, including human rights and the rule of law. It is the go-to source for credible news, features and critical analysis. With a daily readership of 2.88 million Nepalis, Kantipur is the largest and the most influential daily in the country.
Since April 1993, the paper has been publishing a Saturday special called ‘Koseli’, in which readers can find feature articles, short stories, poetry and book reviews. Another weekend adjunct, ‘Kopila’ (first out in March 2001) focuses on stories about children for children. It tries to enhance children’s reading ability and creativity, and on increasing their access to information. The latest special feature to be incorporated is ‘Hello Shukrabar’ (since 2008), which tries to satiate the hunger for information of the young demographic.
Kantipur is concurrently published from Kathmandu, Biratnagar, Bharatpur and Nepalgunj. Each of these regional offices produces their own regional editions. Outside the country, Kantipur publishes a weekly edition from Qatar, entitled ‘Kantipur Gulf Weekly’, (since January 2007). The weekly attempts to keep the growing Nepali diaspora in the Gulf countries informed about the latest developments in Nepal.
Kantipur has more than 100 reporters in all corners of the country. In India, the paper has a Delhi bureau, which reports on Nepal-India relations and on the issues of Nepalis in India. It also has dedicated reporters in Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Sidney, Doha, Brussels, London and New York.
Kantipur has always fought to safeguard people’s right to right information. Its reportage have held the powerful accountable–whether it be during unlawful dissolutions of parliament or during autocratic times. Attempts to muzzle the paper, either through court suits and summons or through a blockade, have been made, but the paper has remained firm in its belief in freedom of expression and information. It vows to continue to perform the role of the fourth estate, with more substantial and investigative stories in the future.
Est. Readership: 28,80,000
Editor-in-Chief: Sudheer Sharma
Web Portal: kantipur.ekantipur.com
The Kathmandu Post
The Kathmandu Post, the country’s leading English-language daily, the Nepali-language and Nepal’s biggest-selling Kantipur daily were both launched in February 1993.The Post is the first private-run English-language broadsheet in the country and is credited with introducing the concept of news enterprise and breaking news in the nation. The Post is the second-most widely read paper in Nepal after the Kantipur daily.
The paper is considered one of the most reliable publications for news, opinion and original content. The newspaper’s Op-Ed section is widely followed and features columns by some of Nepal’s eminent intellectuals. The section also carries frequent write-ups from international scholars, leaders of non-governmental organisations, diplomats, and experts from various sectors.
It also carries content from leading foreign newspapers and news syndicates, such as the New York Times, the Guardian and Project Syndicate.
The newspaper is a member of Asia News Network (ANN), a coalition of leading English-language newspapers in the Asia Pacific region–Singapore’s The Straits Times, Malaysia’s Star, China Daily, Philippine Enquirer, Thailand’s The Nation, Jakarta Post, Bangladesh’s The Daily Star, among others, are ANN members. The Post runs a weekly ANN page and also features articles from ANN newspapers in its various daily sections.
Since its inception, the Post has experimented with ways to make diverse content available to its readers. Within a week of its launch, the Post produced a Friday supplement called ‘The Weekend Post’. Since July 2009, the paper has been producing a weekend supplement–‘On Saturday’–focusing on long-form journalism, satire and creative non-fiction articles. In August 2010, the Post rolled out a daily four-page pullout called ‘Money’, which is dedicated exclusively to business news. Apart from its regular pages and weekly supplements, the paper publishes yearly special issues, such as on the Gregorian New Year’s eve and on its birth anniversary in February.
A growing number of online team provides timely updates on news and events. Stories and articles published on the print version of the Post can also be read online. The paper is currently working to integrate its print and online teams.
With an estimated daily readership of 410,000, the Post has done to English-reading abilities of Nepalis what Kantipur has done to their Nepali. The Post has developed a new language to tell Nepal’s stories in English to both local and international audience.
The Post is published simultaneously from Kathmandu, Biratnagar, Bharatpur and Nepalgunj.
Mr Akhilesh Upadhyay has the Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper since August 2008.
Estd: 1993 A.D
Est. Readership: 4,10,000
Editor-in-Chief: Akhilesh Upadhyay
Web Portal: kathmandupost.ekantipur.com
Saptahik was launched as a Friday supplement to the Kantipur daily in May 1995. Its objective was (and is) to focus on non-political stories–on entertainment, sports, education and career, science and technology, personality development, psychology, love and sex, relationships and marriage, fashion and celebrity lifestyle. The weekly–then 16-page long, with 4 of the pages in colour–became so successful that it soon became an independent entity under the umbrella of the Kantipur Media Group.
Saptahik is the first supplement of its kind in the country. It was the first paper that focused exclusively on youths, answered their queries, which were often taboo, and allowed them to tell their personal stories and connect with others. Sections such as ‘Patramitrata’, in which readers looking for pen pals sent a photo and a mailing address; ‘Jiwanko goreto’, in which readers wrote stories about what moved and haunted them; and ‘Sandesh’, where readers sent messages to people they could not talk to were extremely popular. So was the Q&A section (still in print) on sexual health.
Along with Kantipur and the Kathmandu Post, Saptahik is published from Kathmandu, Bharatpur and Biratnagar. With a readership of approximately 1.8 million Nepalis, Saptahik is the leading infotainment weekly in the country. When it comes to entertainment and glamour, Saptahik has the final say.
Estd: 1995 A.D
Est. Readership: 18,00,000
Editor-in-Chief: Subash Dhakal
Web Portal: saptahik.ekantipur.com
Nepal, a weekly since 2000, was launched as a fortnightly magazine in July four years earlier. Its objective is to provide investigative reportage and deeper analyses of socio-political affairs. It is the largest selling news magazine in the country.
Each edition of Nepal offers incisive columns, satirical pieces on current affairs and trends, and lighter stories on lifestyle and arts. Nepal is known for its experimental bent and for its innovative approaches to presenting articles. The issues raised by and analysed in Nepal often become topics of national discussion, such as the story on surrogacy and the ‘new force’ in politics.
Two of Nepal’s most popular annual issues are ‘Person of the year’ and ‘+2 rankings’. In the ‘Person of the year’ issue, Nepal profiles a Nepali who has been the most influential in the country in that year. In ‘+2 rankings’, Nepal uses its own unique formula to rank colleges to help SLC graduates decide where to enrol for further studies.
Nepal embodies the ethos of the thinking Nepali who loves probing and engaging pieces on socio-political matters. It is the preferred magazine for the connoisseurs of intelligent commentary in the country.
Estd: 2000 A.D
Est. Readership: 3,15,000
Editor-in-Chief: Prashant Aryal
Web Portal: nepal.ekantipur.com
The origin of Nari is linked with the publication of a monthly called ‘Sarbottam’. Sarbottam was released in October 2002, with the objective of providing entertaining content from all over the world. Two years later, realising that the voice of Nepali women goes unheard, the magazine was turned into Sarbottam Nari. Since then, Nari has become the leading monthly dedicated solely to the Nepali woman.
The magazine covers a wide range of issues pertaining to Nepali women–from women’s rights and issues of empowerment to beauty, food, health and fashion. The objective is to cater to multiple personalities a woman embodies–a professional, a daughter, a wife, a mother and a homemaker, among others. The content ranges from perspectives on politics and society to profiles of successful women at regional and national level, to the nitty gritties of daily life, parenting issues, home-improvement ideas, the latest fashion tips, stories about arts and culture, views on movies and music, discussions on glamour and shopping, and advice on love and relationships.
Nari wants to help the culture of reading and writing flourish among Nepali women. It encourages female writers to contribute regular columns, urges in-house writers to quote female experts, gives priority to articles written by female writers and promotes articles written by men on women’s issues. The magazine wants to analyse the social, political and economic status of Nepali women, capture the essence of womanhood and fight for gender equality.
Nari is also available in Hongkong, Malaysia, Japan and Australia.
Estd: 2002 A.D
Est. Readership: 9,00,000
Editor-in-Chief: Subash Dhakal
Web Portal: nari.ekantipur.com