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Tanzanian Standard Newspaper

Tanzanian Standard Newspaper

Tanzania Standard Newspapers Limited (TSN) is a public corporation that was established on February 5, 1970 under the Public Corporation Act, 1961. TSN today is a private limited liability company owned by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania 99% shares) and the Managing Editor who is the chief executive officer and contact person (1% share).

The history of Tanzania Standard Newspapers Ltd goes back to January 1, 1930 when the Kenya based East Africa Consolidated Holdings formed the Tanganyika Standard Newspapers Ltd. However, later on the British business group London-Rhodesia (LONRHO) accured the majority share holding and liquidated Tanganyika Standard Newspapers Ltd in 1961. Instead it established two separate companies, Tanganyika Standard Newspapers Limited (TSN) and Printpack Tanganyika Limited (TPL). TSN published the Tanganyika Standard and Sunday News while Printpack printed them. In 2006, TSN bought its own printing machines.

The government of the United Republic of Tanzania on February 5, 1970 nationalized Tanganyika Standard Newspaper and established Tanzania Standard Newspapers Limited, a public corporation owned by the government.

TSN own and publish a daily broadsheet Daily News and its Sunday edition Sunday News, Habari Leo a daily Kiswahili tabloid established in 2006 and Spotileo a sport newspaper established in 2011. It also owns and publish five magazines. In every government ministry, departments, regulatory bodies and corporations Daily News and HABARILEO newspapers are must read copies.

TSN recently diversified its business to include online advertising, production of television documentaries, consultancy, partnership, business forum, commercial photography and training. Steps are in progress to start a news agency.

Key facts

Business Form


Legal Form

Public Corporation

Business Sectors

Publishing, Printing


Individual Owner


its interest in ownership of media dates back to May 1961 when Tanzania mainland was grantd Internal Self Government which prepared the administrative machinery ready for independence. It runs TSN as well as public broadcaster TBC.


Managing Editor

is the respective managing editor, apponited by the government.

Media Outlets
Other Media Outlets

Other Print Outlets

Daily News

Other Online Outlets

registered as a Online Content Service at TCRA.


Media Business

Commercial Printing

TSN runs one of the few printing presses in the country.




General Information

Founding Year

April 1972


Government - nationalized the formerly privately owned Tanzania Standard.


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Tanzania Standard(Newspapers) Ltd

Daily News Building

Plot No. 11/4 Nelson Mandela Expressway

P.o.Box 9033

Phone: 073-2 923559


Tax/ ID Number

BRELA incorporation n°: 2648

Financial Information

Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)

Missing Data

Operating Profit (in Mill. $)

Missing Data

Advertising (in % of total funding)

Missing Data


Executive Board

Dr Jim Yonazi.

TSN Managing Editor

Non-Executive Board

Hab Mkwizu

TSN Board of Directors Chairman

Other Influential People


appoints the managing editor and the chairman of the board.

Further Information

Passive Transparency

upon request, ownership data is easily available from the company/channel

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Meta Data

Company registered at BRELA, profile requested, still pending. Questionnaires were returned.


Ag Managing Editor, Tanzanian Standard Newspapers Limited (October 2018). Media Ownership Monitor Questionnaire Tanzanian Standard Newspapers Limited.

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