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The Lincolnshire Echo is a morning daily British regional newspaper for Lincolnshire, founded in 1894, which is published Monday to Saturday. It is owned by Northcliffe Newspapers. The main area for the paper's distribution is in or around Lincoln.

In 2005 the printing plant in Lincoln was closed and production was moved to Grimsby then later to Derby. It is occasionally printed in Stoke. As a result, the paper now prints in the early hours of the morning and is available for sale from 7am. There is no second edition and the paper uses its website to break stories that happen during the day. The Lincolnshire Echo building was sold in April 2009 to the University of Lincoln. The Lincolnshire Echo has moved to office space in Witham Wharf, still in the city centre.

Lincolnshire Media Ltd also produces a series of Target newspapers - free weekly newspapers containing articles from the previous week's Echo for specific areas, including Boston, Gainsborough, Grantham, Lincoln, Louth, Skegness. The Retford Times is a weekly paid-for newspaper for the town of Retford, also produced by the group. The company also produces the websites and - a sports website that replaced the Saturday sports paper which closed in 2006.

As of June 2009, the Echo has an average circulation of 20,181,[1] though many of the free Target newspapers have higher circulation figures.

The paper was named "Regional Newspaper of the Year" by the Newspaper Society in April 2005.[2] The current editor is Jon Grubb.

With changing habits and the economic downturn the Lincolnshire Echo's parent company saw a 91 per cent drop in operating profit at UK regional newspaper division Northcliffe Media.[3]

During the period 2002-2005, the paper played a major role in exposing a local political scandal, when it challenged Jim Speechley, the then Conservative leader of Lincolnshire County Council, who was jailed for 18 months in 2004 for financial corruption.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

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