Sheffield Telegraph

Sheffield Telegraph

The Sheffield Telegraph is a weekly newspaper published in Sheffield, England.

Founded in 1855 as the "Sheffield Daily Telegraph", it was the city's first daily newspaper, published at 08:00 each morning. The newspaper struggled until W. C. Leng became editor in 1864, moving the business to Aldine Court, introducing linotype printing and using it to support the Conservative Party. ["Leng, Sir William Christopher", "Oxford Dictionary of National Biography"]

After taking over the "Sheffield and Rotherham Independent" in 1938, it dropped the "Daily" from its name.

The history of Sheffield's "Telegraph" is intertwined with that of "The Star" and the "Green Un". All three newspapers are now published by Johnston Press PLC. As has been the case for its sister publications, the Telegraph suffered several name changes along its history.

The "Sheffield Daily Telegraph" was first published on 8 June 1855 and continued under this name until 1934. [ [| British Library Integrated Catalogue] ]

In its early years, the newspaper was owned by Frederick Clifford and then William Leng. It aimed to popularise the Conservative Party cause among the working class. By 1898, it was claiming sales of 1,250,000 copies per week, and it had two sister publications: the "Weekly Telegraph", which contained feature articles and serialised fiction, and the "Evening Telegraph", which later became "The Star". ["The History of the City of Sheffield 1843-1993: Images", ed. Clyde Binfield et al]

From 16 July 1934 to 29 October 1938 it appeared as the "Sheffield Telegraph", and as the "Sheffield Telegraph and Daily Independent" from 31 October 1938 until 13 May 1939.

During the first years of the war (15 May 1939-12 June 1942) the newspaper was named the "Telegraph & Independent", changing briefly (13 June 1942-14 July 1942) to the "Sheffield Telegraph and Independent", before assuming the title "Sheffield Telegraph" on 15 July 1942 which it maintained until 14 September 1965.

The new title of "Sheffield Morning Telegraph" was implemented on 15 September 1965 and continued in use to 10 January 1966, after which "Morning Telegraph" was adopted (11 January 1966-8 February 1986).

In 1989, a new series of the "Telegraph" was launched, printed weekly, on Fridays, and featuring a large property section.

The total average issue readership for the "Sheffield Telegraph" is 64,093. [ [| Joint Industry Committee for Regional Press Research (JICREG)] data for 1 January 2007]

Notable staff at the "Telegraph" have included cartoonists J. F. Horrabin and Pete McKee, critics George Linstead and E. F. Watling, football reporter John Motson, sub-editor Israel Panner and journalist Will Wyatt.



*Bob Horton, "Living in Sheffield: 1000 years of change"

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