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Coventry Telegraph
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Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner Trinity Mirror
Editor Darren Parkin
Founded 1891
Political alignment Neutral, Populist
Headquarters Coventry, England
Circulation 46,933 (Jul-Dec 2007)[1]
Official website http://coventrytelegraph.net

The Coventry Telegraph is a local English tabloid newspaper. Originally called The Midland Daily Telegraph, it was founded in 1891 by William Isaac Iliffe as Coventry's first daily newspaper, a four-page broadsheet newspaper originally sold for a ha'penny a copy. It changed its name to Coventry Evening Telegraph on 17 November 1941,[2] and to Coventry Telegraph on 2 October 2006.

Today it belongs to the Trinity Mirror group, the biggest regional newspaper publisher in the UK and has a daily circulation of approximately 47,000 copies [Jul-Dec 2007], with a readership figure of around 140,000.

History

15 November 1940 was the only day in the paper's history that it wasn't able to publish - due to the Blitz raid on the city.

From 1946 until the end of April 2004, a separate sports publication, The Pink, was printed every Saturday evening. It provided comprehensive coverage of sport from the Midlands, as well as national and international sport. The fortunes of Coventry City F.C. played a prominent role in The Pink's ongoing appeal. With the 1998-99 football season, The Pink, became the first regional evening newspaper to provide same day reports from all FA Premiership matches.[3]

The foundation stone of its current offices at 157 Corporation Street, Coventry, CV1 1FP, was laid by the then proprietor, Lord Iliffe G.B.E, on 21 November 1957.

In 1985, the local radio station Mercia FM and the Telegraph formed the Snowball Appeal - a charitable organisation whose aim is to raise money to help sick and needy children in Coventry and Warwickshire.

From Monday 2 October 2006, the publication changed from an evening paper to a morning paper. The newspaper is now available at 6 a.m. along with all other morning newspapers. To reflect this change, the newspaper's name changed to simply Coventry Telegraph. The switch to a morning paper saw a change in emphasis with the printed edition concentrating on exclusive and community news, leaving breaking news to its website.

The Telegraph is published Monday to Saturday in the following editions:

  • City
  • Warwickshire
  • Nuneaton

Coventry Newspapers Ltd. (managing director: Debbie Davies) comprises the Telegraph together with its sister publications:

References

  1. ^ "Coventry Telegraph & The Pink Standard Certificate of Circulation Mon-Sat, 02-Jul-2007 to 30-Dec-2007" (PDF). Audit Bureau of Circulation. 2008-01-28. http://abcpdfcerts.abc.org.uk/pdf/certificates/14712940.pdf. Retrieved 2008-05-04.  
  2. ^ Douglas, Alton (February 1991). Coventry: A Century of News. Coventry Evening Telegraph. p. 3. ISBN 0902464361.  
  3. ^ "The Pink". LexisNexis Research Solutions. http://w3.nexis.com/sources/scripts/info.pl?221951. Retrieved 2008-05-05.  

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