- Derby Evening Telegraph
name = Derby Evening Telegraph
type = Daily
Daily Mail and General Trust
foundation = 1879
editor = Steve Hall
MD = Joanne Glynn
website = [http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/ www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk]
The Derby Evening Telegraph is an afternoon tabloid newspaper printed and distributed in
The paper was first published in 1879 by Eliza Pike. It was known at the time as the Derby Daily Telegraph and was a four-page
broadsheetwhich cost a halfpenny.
The first editor was WJ Piper who stayed in the post until his death in 1918. He was succeeded by William Gilman who in 1927, saw the paper sold three times in a series of months, eventually ending up in the hands of its current owners Northcliffe Newspaper Group, which is part of
Daily Mail and General Trust plc. The same company also publishes the Derby Express - a weekly advertising-funded free newspaper.
The paper was originally housed at the Corn Market in the town centre, It was refurbished in 1918 after the
First World Warbut it outgrew these premises in 1929 and moved to the Corn Exchange. It stayed there until 1981 when it moved to its current home on Meadow Road.
Until the late 1990s, the newspaper ran the annual Miss Derby Evening Telegraph competition. Entrants had to be female, aged 17-25, never married and never had children.
Before the 1970s, the newspaper (in its
broadsheetform) often had national news stories on its front page, with weighty current affairs stories. The coverage of national and local news stories was almost 50:50. The national content has now dwindled significantly, moving to page 2 in the 1980s, and now has a brief mention on page 10.
It is published on Mondays to Saturdays and is the principal local newspaper for Derby and surrounding parts of southern Derbyshire. The newspaper has a local focus with usually just one page reserved for national and international news. Back issues from 1879 until the present day can be viewed at the Derby Local Studies Library or the British Library Newspaper Collection at Colindale, London. It is now on sale for 34 pence. Current average circulation is 45,500 daily.
* [http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/ Derby Telegraph web site]
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