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The Belfast Telegraph
Type Daily newspaper
Format Compact
Owner Independent News and Media
Editor Mike Gilson
Founded 1870
Political alignment Conservative, moderate unionist
Headquarters Belfast, Northern Ireland
Official website

The Belfast Telegraph is a daily evening newspaper published in Belfast, Northern Ireland by Independent News and Media.

It was first published as the Belfast Evening Telegraph on 1 September 1870 by brothers William and George Baird. Its first edition cost half a penny and ran to four pages covering the Franco-Prussian war and local news.

Unlike its London-based stablemate The Independent, the Belfast Telegraph is conservative in outlook. In the context of Northern Irish politics, the Belfast Telegraph attempts to attract readers from across the community, though it is decidedly moderate unionist in outlook.[1][2][3]

Its competitors are The News Letter and The Irish News but the English red tops are also a threat, selling at half the price of the 'Tele'.

According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the paper had an average daily circulation of 94,540 between June 2004 and January 2005.[4] Sales are now falling steadily year on year, the latest average sales figure for the first six months of 2009 showing a large drop of 10.5% year on year to 68,024.[5]

Circulation & readership of
Circulation 75,964
Readership -
Dates January 2008 – June 2008
Source Audit Bureau of Circulations

The Belfast Telegraph was entirely broadsheet until 19 February 2005, when the Saturday morning edition was introduced and all Saturday editions were converted to compact[6]. The weekday morning "Compact Edition", launched on 22 March 2005[7], has struggled to replicate the evening newspaper's success. Its editorial content is much more tabloid, with a greater entertainment story count than the evening paper. The evening edition of the newspaper was originally called the "Sixth Late", and "Sixth Late Tele" was a familiar cry made by vendors in Belfast City Centre in the past.

The evening editions were converted to Compact from 25 March 2009[8].

Belfast Telegraph Group

The Belfast Telegraph is the primary title of the Belfast Telegraph Group, responsible for printing:

  • Belfast Telegraph
    • Morning (Telegraph:am) (Mon-Sat)
    • Afternoon "City Edition" (Mon-Fri) (available at lunchtime in Greater Belfast)
    • Evening broadsheet format "Final Edition" (Mon-Sat) (available from between 2pm and 3pm in Greater Belfast Mon-Fri)
    • County Edition
    • North West Telegraph (for the Derry Area)
  • Sunday Life
  • Ads for Free
  • Also holds the printing contract for The Daily Mirror, The Sun, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Irish Daily Star, The Daily Star and The Times for Northern Ireland.

The Belfast Telegraph ceased to print the Ireland's Saturday Night sports evening newspaper in July 2008.

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