Hindustan Media Ventures Limited incorporated on July 9, 1918 under the erstwhile Indian Companies Act, 1956 as a public limited company under the name --The Behar Journals and received the Certificate of Commencement of business on January 14, 1919. On November 17, 1987 the company's name was changed to Searchlight Publishing House Limited in order to capitalize on the name earned by its publication – Searchlight- which had become synonymous with the company’s activities for over 67 years. Subsequently, the name of the company was changed to its present name -- Hindustan Media Ventures Limited to reflect the expanded business activities intended to be undertaken by the company and the fresh Certificate of Incorporation to this effect was issued on November 11, 2008.
The company is one of the leading print media companies in India in terms of readership. They publish and print ‘Hindustan’, the third largest daily newspaper in India in terms of readership with a readership of 9.3 million readers. Hindustan began publication in 1936, owing its origins to and serving as a medium for the freedom movement, and has been one of India‘s eminent Hindi newspaper dailies for over 70 years. Hindustan has the largest readership in key Hindi-speaking markets of Bihar and Jharkhand, with a strong and growing presence in Delhi NCR and the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. They are one of the fastest growing Hindi daily newspapers in India with a growth in Readership of 9.2% in the period between July 2006 and June 2009. Hindustan is published in four editions and 113 sub-editions.
Hindustan is presently printed at 16 locations in the states/regions of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Delhi NCR with a total installed rated capacity approximately 0.78 million copies per hour. These printing facilities are located at Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Bhagalpur, Dehradun, Delhi NCR, Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Mohali, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Ranchi and Varanasi. They distribute their newspapers through a multi-tiered network of agents and vendors.
They also publish two Hindi magazines, Nandan, a children’s magazine, and Kadambini, a general interest magazine. In addition to their Hindi print publications, they also operate the website, livehindustan.com which focuses on providing news in Hindi with regional content. Further, they have also recently forayed into event management and customized event solutions.