Varthabharathi Kannada daily newspaper was launched in Mangalore in August 2003. Today it is being published both from Mangalore and Bangalore.
Within months of its launch, Varthabharati emerged as the fastest growing Kannada daily of Karnataka. Its outstanding success was evident not only in its widespread circulation across Coastal Karnataka and neighboring districts but also in the great number of devoted fans it won all over the state in a short span of time. Today it has a formidable presence in Bangalore the capital city and at least 10 districts around it. Significantly, Vaarthabharati dominates the media market in the world of Overseas Kannadigas. It is the largest read Kannada newspaper among the Kannadiga NRIs in the Persian Gulf States.
The Print Edition of Varthabharati is published from Mangalore and Bangalore and reaches people in more than 17 Districts of Karnataka.
The Mangalore edition covers 4 Coastal Districts and 3 neighboring Districts, namely :
• Dakshina Kannada
• Uthara Kannada
The Bangalore edition (launched in Aug 2007) covers 10 districts , namely:
• Bangalore Urban
• Bangalore Rural
Unique in Style and substance
Varthabharati is well known for its straight forward approach and unparalleled commitment to promote truth at any cost. It has always refused to play into the hands of any individual, political party, organisation, business house or any pressure group. Varthabharati has consistently proved that it is the Paper of the people and it stands to effectively represent all the unrepresented segments of the society. It is known for its clear,fair and courageous stand on various issues. Its attractive layout, simple language and honest commitment to value based journalism have also contributed to its immense popularity.
The editorials of Varthabharati have always won great admiration generally from the masses and particularly from the intellectuals of the region. Some selected editorials of Varthabharati have already been published in book form under the title Sampadakeeya.
The editorial page of VB is always rich with enlightening articles on current affairs and other important topics written by eminent writers and intellectuals. Besides, there are many regular weekly, fortnightly and monthly columns penned by well-known writers and commentators on topics as varied as politics, socio-economic issues, women, children, environment, education, arts, literature, health, culture, history, civilization etc.
Some of the best known columns and columnists of Vathabharati are named below:
|Day||Name of Column||Columnist|
|Monday||ಪ್ರಚಲಿತ||ಸನತ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಬೆಳಗಲಿ|
|Tuesday||ಮುಂಬೈ ಮಾತು||ಶ್ರಿನಿವಾಸ್ ಜೋಕಟ್ಟೆ|
|Friday||ಓರೆಗಲ್ಲು||ಡಾ. ಆರ್ ಕೆ ಮಣಿಪಾಲ್|
|Saturday||ಮಾತು ಮೌನದ ಮುಂದೆ||ಶೂದ್ರ ಶ್ರಿನಿವಾಸ್|
Sunday Magazine- Suggi
APART from the regular 12 pages published daily, Varthabharathi offers 4 additional pages on Sundays. This Special Sunday magazine known as SUGGI carries exclusive photo features, articles, stories , film and book reviews and also sections dedicated for children.
Varthabharati has full fledged news bureaus in Bangalore , Mangalore and also at Udupi. Besides, it has a huge team of experienced correspondents and photographers at almost all the District headquarters of Karnataka. Varthabharati has appointed part time reporters at various Taluk centers.
Editorial and Printing Press
The head office of Varthabharati and the editorial section is at Valencia Circle which is in the heart of Mangalore. The full fledged printing press of Varthabharati is situated in the Industrial area of Baikampady, Mangalore
Awards and recognitions
Dr. T.S. Vivekananda a Bangalore based environmentalist used to write a column titled Bhoomi geete exclusively for Varthabharati. These articles were later published in book form under the same title and won Karnataka Literature Academy Award for the year 2005.
Varthabharati has won the world renowned Transparency International Award for the year 2009.
Varthabharati has also received the Best Media of the Year award from Dubai based Bearys Cultural Forum (BCF) during World Beary Convention & Chammana held on 2nd April 2010 in Dubai.