- Bhutan Times
name = Bhutan Times
foundation = 2006
ceased publication =
owners = Bhutan Media Services
language = English
sister newspapers =
website = http://www.bhutantimes.bt
The "Bhutan Times" is
Bhutan's first privately owned newspaper, and only the second in the country after the government-run " Kuensel". Its first edition, with 32 pages, hit the proverbial newsstands on April 30, 2006, with a high-profile interview of Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, the young crown princeof Bhutan, who had recently been designated to succeed his father as king in 2008.
The creation of a
free presswithin Bhutan is recognized as an important step in the ongoing transformation of Bhutan into a democratic society (see History of Bhutan). [http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/7598_1687724,000500020006.htm] . The weekly paper came out on Sundays until December 2007 when the management decided to become a bi-weekly paper. Bhutan Times comes out on Wednesdays and Sundays.
The private newspaper is run by a group of young reporters and editors.
Another private newspaper called the "Bhutan Observer" was launched later in 2006.
* [http://www.bhutantimes.bt Bhutan Times website]
* [http://www.kuenselonline.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=6504 "Two private newspapers to start in April", Kuensel Online]
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