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 Varthabharathi emerged as the fastest growing Kannada daily of Karnataka. Its out standing 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, Vaarthabharathi 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 Varthabharathi is published from Mangalore and Bangalore and reaches people in more than 17 Districts of Karnataka.
The Mangalore edition covers 4 Coastal Districts and 2 neighboring Districts, namely :
The Bangalore edition (launched in Aug 2007) covers 11 districts , namely:
Varthabharathi 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. Varthabharathi 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 Varthabharathi have always won great admiration generally from the masses and particularly from the intellectuals of the region. some selected editorials of Varthabharathi have already been published in book form under the title Sampadakiya.
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||Prachalita||Sanat Kumara Belagali, Senior Journalist, Activist|
|Tuesday||Siripada||Dr.Savithri K, Professor and writer|
|Wednesday||Mumbai meri jaan||Gopal Thrasi, Banker,Writer|
|Friday||Focus||Shiva Sunder, Senior writer, Human rights activist|
|Saturday||Joli Lali||Jyothi Guruprasad, Lecturer and Poet|
|Saturday||E-jaladolage||Kumar Buradikatte, Journalist,writer|
|Saturday||magazine Nage Moge||Bhuwaneshwari Hegde, Renowned comedy writer|
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.
Varthabharathi 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. Varthabharathi has appointed part time reporters at various Taluk centers.
The editorial section and the full fledged printing press of Varthabharathi is situated in the Industrial area of Baikampady, Mangalore. The head office of Varthabharathi is also operating in the same premises.
Dr. T.S. Vivekananda a Bangalore based environmentalist used to write a column titled Bhoomi geete exclusively for Varthabharathi. These articles were later published in book form under the same title and won Karnataka Literature Academy Award for the year 2005.
Varthabharathi has won the world renowned Transparency International Award for the year 2009.
Varthabharathi 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.