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Peterborough Evening Telegraph
Et-front215w.jpg
A typical front page
Type Local newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner East Midlands Newspapers
Editor Mark Edwards
Founded 1948
Political alignment Conservative
Language English
Headquarters New Priestgate House
57 Priestgate Peterborough Cambridgeshire PE1 1JW
Circulation 18,053
Official website Peterborough Today

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph, or ET as it is known locally, is the local newspaper for the city of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire in the United Kingdom. It is based at New Priestgate House in the city centre.

The Evening Telegraph is published in full colour at lunchtime Monday to Friday and on Saturday morning with local news, sport, business and information plus supplements; jobs (Thursday), property (Wednesday), motors and entertainment (both Friday) and a lifestyle magazine ET Life on Saturday. The paper now only has one print run, usually in the morning, with the last copies rolling off the presses at 11am and in newsagents by the afternoon. Sister paper, the Peterborough Citizen is published every Thursday, with a round-up of the weeks content. A commuter title, City Lite, is currently published every Friday morning.[1]

Contents

Circulation and awards

Circulation for the paper in the audit period 02 July 2007 to 30 December 2007 totalled 18,053.[2] Online traffic for the Peterborough Today website, which went live in 2000, includes 126,325 unique visitors and in excess of one million pages viewed in March 2008.

Distribution for the Citizen in the same audit period was 49,258 copies.[3]

The Evening Telegraph was nominated for four awards, all in honour of the paper's staff, in EDF Energy's 2008 East of England Media Awards; Print Journalist of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Feature Writer of the Year, and Columnist of the Year.[4]

History and ownership

The paper began in 1948 as localised edition of the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph, founded in Kettering in 1897, with four change pages. From 1961 it was published in Peterborough from the Advertiser's offices in Cumbergate. A district edition was published between 1966 and 1967, entitled Stamford Evening Telegraph from 1987 to 1988, continuing as a general county edition with seven change pages.[5]

The East Midland Allied Press was formed in 1947 by merger of the Northamptonshire Printing and Publishing Co., the Peterborough Advertiser Co., the West Norfolk and King's Lynn Newspaper Co. and commercial printing sections at Rushden, King's Lynn and Bury St. Edmunds. It was overseen by Pat Winfrey, the son of Sir Richard Winfrey, who had bought the Spalding Guardian in 1887. In 1996, Emap, as it had become known, divested 69 newspapers, including the Peterborough Evening Telegraph Co.[6]

The Evening Telegraph is now owned by East Midlands Newspapers Ltd., part of Johnston Press Plc. East Midlands Newspapers also publishes the separate Fenland Citizen, St. Neots, Huntingdon and St. Ives Town Criers, the Lynn News and Norfolk Citizen.[7]

Citizen and Advertiser

New Priestgate House

The Peterborough Advertiser (established 1854) amalgamated with the Peterborough Citizen (established 1898) in 1946, subsequently publishing as Peterborough Citizen and Advertiser until 1976. For much of its life it had localised editions for Huntingdonshire, Isle of Ely, city and county. The Advertiser was published monthly until 1855, when it appeared under the title Peterborough Weekly News and General Advertiser and in 1898 it began to appear twice weekly. The Wednesday edition was subsequently titled the Citizen.[8] It was in fact always the Advertisers' midweek edition, which did not attain its own title until 1903. Previously it had been published as Peterborough Advertiser and South Midland Times (Wednesday series). This became a free title in 1977, initially as the Peterborough Advertiser, but now as the Citizen.[9] From 1909 to 1914 there existed a Saturday sports edition of the Wednesday paper called the Saturday Citizen. This was briefly titled Citizen Football Edition from 1913. [10]

See also

References

  1. ^ About the Evening Telegraph Peterborough Evening Telegraph, 12 March 2008
  2. ^ Standard Certificate of Circulation Audit Bureau of Circulations (retrieved 02 June 2008)
  3. ^ Standard Certificate of Distribution Verified Free Distribution (retrieved 02 June 2008)
  4. ^ EDF Energy East of England Media Awards shortlist is announced Hold the Front Page, 04 January 2008
  5. ^ Peterborough Evening Telegraph Newsplan, Libraries and Information East Midlands (retrieved 02 June 2008)
  6. ^ Grinnell, Paul Feature: History of Emap in Peterborough Peterborough Evening Telegraph, 30 January 2008
  7. ^ East Midlands Newspapers Johnston Press, Edinburgh (retrieved 18 September 2007)
  8. ^ Peterborough Advertiser Newsplan, Libraries and Information East Midlands (retrieved 01 June 2008)
  9. ^ Peterborough Citizen Newsplan, Libraries and Information East Midlands (retrieved 02 June 2008)
  10. ^ Saturday Citizen Newsplan, Libraries and Information East Midlands (retrieved 02 June 2008)

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