Originally established on 12th January 1964 as “The Working People’s Daily”, the New Light of Myanmar is Myanmar’s oldest English daily. The Working People’s Daily changed its name into The New Light of Myanmar on 17th April 1993. The paper started printing 12 black and white pages in broadsheet size. On 1st January 2003, the size of the paper was reduced from broadsheet to tabloid still in black and white pages but the number of the pages increased to 16. The process of black and white printing was terminated on 17th October 2012 in Nay Pyi Taw. New version of the New Light of Myanmar came out on 18th October 2012 with full colour printing. Yangon saw the colour of the New Light of Myanmar on 5th December 2012 just in tabloid size.
For about half a century, the paper was under the News and Periodicals Enterprise of the Ministry of Information. According to the changing situation of the country, it needs to change itself from the old style to more attractive and people-oriented one. To meet this end, plans have been made to put the paper under joint venture with the Global Direct Link Co.Ltd., with the support of Kyodo News Agency of Japan.
Now, the paper is changed and its works are in full swing. It tries to expand its field to the Web. We invite your comments and opinions.