List of Goa Newspapers. Goa is a state in Western India with a population of 1.4 million. The state which is known across the world for its beautiful beaches and colonial architecture has a long history of being a Portuguese colony. The Portuguese colonised Goa in 1510 when the then governor of Portuguese India, Afonso de Albuquerque captured the city under the orders from Portugal. Goa remains under Portugal control for almost 450 years until the Republic of India conquered Goa in 1961.
The first newspaper that was officially printed & published in Goa was the Gazeta de Goa in 1822. Gazetta de Goa had rather a short life and it was pulled out of circulation in 1826. While Gazeta de Goa was the first official newspaper, the first private newspaper to be circulated in Goa was the O Ultamar that was launched in 1859.
During the same period, the rest of the regions of present-day India were still under the British Raj. By the 19th and early 20th century, the British Raj witnessed a significant migration happening from Goa to Mumbai. During this period the population of Goans in Mumbai rose significantly and there was a high demand for Portuguese press in the region.
Owing to which many new newspapers were founded between the 1830s and 1860s. Some of the prominent newspapers were O Investigador Portuguez em Bombaim, O Indio Impartial, O Observador, A Abelha de Bombaim. These newspapers were primarily focussed on keeping the Goan immigrants updated on the socio-political news concerning Goa and Portugal.
The beginning of the 20th century saw many new Konkani, Marathi & Portuguese newspapers entering circulation in Goa. Among them, O Heraldo was a prominent Portuguese newspaper catering to the citizens of Goa & their expatriates. O Heraldo was founded in the year 1900 by Aleixo Clemente Messais Gomes in Goa. O Heraldo continued to be published in Portuguese and remained in circulation until 1983 when it was changed to an English daily.
Following the independence of India in 1947, there was a huge pressure on the Indian government to annex Goa into its territory. Which eventually led to the war for the Liberation of Goa in 1961. Following which the erstwhile Portuguese colonies Goa & Daman and Diu were annexed to the territory of India. In the subsequent years, Indian press started becoming active in Goa.
At present Goa is well connected to the other parts of India and most of the national dailies such as The Hindu, Times of India, Economic Times & The Indian Express have circulation in Goa. Apart from these newspapers, Goa also has a wide network of radio stations. For instance, the All India Radio and Vividh Bharati which are the official radio stations of India has broadcasting & transmission stations in Goa. Other than these, Goa also has a strong presence of private radio stations.
Apart from these Goa is also well served by the TV channels from across India. These list of channels also include many prominent national & regional news channels from across the country. The channels are received through cable network & satellite networks across Goa.
List of Goa Newspapers
2 O Heraldo Goa
3 Tarun Bharat
4 The Navahind Times
5 Prudent Media
6 Goa Doot
8 Goa News
9 Gomantak Times
10 Digital Goa