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The Oldham Evening Chronicle is a daily newspaper published each weekday evening. It is a local newspaper which serves the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, in Greater Manchester, England. There is also a sister edition called Chronicle Weekend published on Thursdays which focuses on upcoming weekend events.
The paper is owned by Hirst Kidd and Rennie.
On May 6, 1854, the first edition of the Oldham Chronicle (as it was originally known) was published by a bookseller and printer Daniel Evans in an effort to provide the then thriving cotton manufacturing town of Oldham with its own locally produced newspaper. Oldham was enjoying rapid economic expansion thanks to the Industrial Revolution, but local communities had to rely on Manchester papers for news about the town and surrounding districts. The Oldham Chronicle was published in an attempt to fill this gap. Five months later, he sold it to Robert Gerrie.
When Robert died 18 months later, Jonathan Hirst and Wallace Rennie bought the paper in 1857 for £800, and members of the Hirst family still work for the newspaper - the current managing director is Philip Hirst, great great grandson of Jonathan Hirst.
The paper went from strength to strength and became an established and favoured paper for the wider Metropolitan Borough of Oldham.
Due to this increase in popularity, in 1880, it was decided to produce a daily edition (Monday to Saturday). The weekly edition and the Oldham Evening Chronicle were published together until 1982, when the paid-for Oldham Chronicle became the free Chronicle Weekend.
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