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There are large numbers of newspapers printed and distributed in the state of Goa, which gives the media of Goa a potent vibrancy. But currently the largest read newspapers in the state continue to be in English and Marathi.

The prime Goa-based English language newspaper is the Navhind Times, published by the mining house of the Dempos since 1963. The Herald- the oldest surviving newspaper of Goa- was published in the Portuguese language till 1983, but is now published in English. The paper is owned and published by Fernandes Publications, which is a local printing enterprise. Another important English newspaper in Goa is the Gomantak Times. Some of the important publications of the state include the names of Goa Today, Goa Messenger, Goan Observer, etc.

The print media of Goa also has a significant vernacular presence. There are a number of popular Marathi newspapers that are published in the state. One of them is the Tarun Bharat, which was earlier published from Belguam but now has shifted its base to Porvorim. Gomantak is another Marathi daily, being published by the owners of the Gomantak Times. Other vernacular dailies that are published in the state include Navaprabha and the Goa Times.

Of course, Goa has its share of out-station dailies, which include The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Deccan Herald, The Hindu, Loksatta, etc. These national dailies too make their impacts in Goa's political climate.

Emisora Goa was very much popular in Goa during its pre-independence era, but after the independence of the state from the Portuguese rule, it was replaced by the All India Radio network. Its studios are located at Altinho, in the state capital of Panjim, and its transmitters are located at Bambolim, some 5 km away from the station. On Dec 2006, the St. Xavier College in Mapusa started its campus community radio named Voice of Xavier's, at a frequency of 90.4 MHz. In the end of January 2006, three private FM radio players won bids to set up private FM radio stations in this tourist paradise. Big FM and Radio Mirchi were launched in Goa, in May 2007, followed by Radio Indigo's launch in June 2007.

Satellite channels are received through cable in most parts of Goa. Doordarshan is the major channel that is broadcasted in the state. A lot of private TV channels also have their programmes aired in the state. They include MTV, ESPN, Fox, Zee TV, Zee Marathi, HBO, Star Plus, Star Movies, BBC, CNN, AXN, Star World, Star News, Sony, Set Max, SAB, Sahara One, Discovery Channel, and so on.

Last Updated On: 2011/07/01

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