De Telegraaf (Dutch pronunciation: [də ˈteːləɣraːf]; English:
The Telegraph) is the largest Dutch daily morning newspaper. The
paper edition had a daily circulation of 430,686 in 2015. Paul
Jansen has been the editor-in-chief since August 2015.
1 History and profile
2 Editorial content
4 External links
History and profile
Advertisement poster, 1898
De Telegraaf was founded by Henry Tindal, who simultaneously started
another paper De Courant ("The Gazette"). The first issue appeared on
1 January 1893. Following Tindal's death on 31 January 1902 the
printer HMC Holdert, with backing from financiers, took over De
Telegraaf and De Courant on 12 September 1902. This proved to be a
good investment, particularly with regard to De Courant, enabling
Holdert between 1903 and 1923 to take over one newspaper after
another, suspending publication as he went. He added the name
Amsterdamsche Courant ("
Amsterdam Gazette") as a subtitle to De
Telegraaf, and Het Nieuws van den Dag ("The News of the Day") to De
Courant. In 1926, he began construction of a new printing facility at
the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam, designed by J.F. Staal and
G.J. Langhout. Construction was completed and the building occupied in
1930. At one point, in June 1966, the building was besieged by angry
construction workers and Provo followers, after a false report that a
victim of a labour dispute had been killed not by the police but by a
co-worker. In 1974,
De Telegraaf moved to its current location in the
During World War I, when the
Netherlands was officially neutral,
Holdert's French sympathies and his pro-British standpoint caused De
Telegraaf to be the focus of some controversy, as the
usually pro-German at the time. During World War II, the Telegraaf
companies published pro-German papers, which led to a thirty-year ban
on publishing after the war. The prohibition was, however, lifted in
De Telegraaf flourished anew to become the biggest newspaper
in the Netherlands.
De Telegraaf is based in Amsterdam. Paul Jansen is the editor-in-chief
of the paper that is owned by the Telegraaf Media Groep, which also
publishes the free daily Metro. De Courant/Nieuws van de Dag ceased
publication in 1998. In 2001.
De Telegraaf was also published on
Sundays between 21 March 2004 and 27 December 2009.
De Telegraaf was published in broadsheet format until October 2014
when the paper began to be published in full tabloid format.
In the period of 1995–1996
De Telegraaf had a circulation of 760,000
copies, making it the best-selling paper in the country. In 1999,
the circulation of the paper was 808,000 copies, making it the ninth
best selling European newspaper. It was the eighth top European
newspaper with a circulation of 807,000 copies in 2001. Its
circulation was 488,902 copies in 2013, 455,727 in 2014, and
430,686 in 2015.
This national newspaper contains many "sensational" and sports-related
articles, and one or more pages the content of which is supplied by
the gossip-magazine Privé ("Private"). The financial news coverage,
however, is more serious in tone. The paper targets a broad audience,
mostly in a conservative and populist style, attracting specific
target groups for the paper's advertisers.
The newspaper not only reports news, but also actively campaigns in
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