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The News Letter
The News Letter
is one of Northern Ireland's main daily newspapers, published Monday to Saturday. It is the oldest English language general daily newspaper still in publication, having first been printed in 1737.[3][4] The newspaper's editorial stance and readership, while originally republican,[5] is now unionist.[1] Its primary competitors are the Belfast
Belfast
Telegraph and the Irish News. The News Letter
The News Letter
has changed hands several times since the mid-1990s, and since 2005 is owned by the Johnston Press
Johnston Press
holding company Johnston Publishing (NI). The full legal title of the newspaper is the Belfast
Belfast
News Letter, although the word Belfast
Belfast
does not appear on the masthead any more.[6]

Contents

1 History 2 Other publications 3 Circulation 4 References 5 External links

History[edit]

Francis Joy

Founded in 1737, the Belfast
Belfast
News Letter was printed in Joy's Entry in Belfast. The Joys were a family of Huguenot
Huguenot
descent who added much to eighteenth-century Belfast, noted for their compiling materials for its history. Francis Joy, who founded the paper, had come to Belfast early in the century from the County Antrim village of Killead. In Belfast, he married the daughter of the town sovereign, and set up a practice as an attorney. In 1737, he obtained a small printing press which was in settlement of a debt, and used it to publish the town’s first newspaper at the sign of ‘The Peacock’ in Bridge Street. The family later bought a paper mill in Ballymena, and were able to produce enough paper not only for their own publication but for the whole province of Ulster.[7][8] Originally published three times weekly, it became daily in 1855. The title is now located at two addresses - a news section in Donegall Square South in central Belfast, and a features section in Portadown, County Armagh. Before the partition of Ireland, the News Letter was distributed island-wide.[citation needed] Historical copies of the Belfast
Belfast
News Letter, dating back to 1828, are available to search and view in digitised form at the British Newspaper
Newspaper
Archive.[9] Other publications[edit] The paper publishes several weekly and infrequent supplements, such as Farming Life and Catwalk. It also prints many titles for other publishers including Trinity Mirror
Trinity Mirror
and Guardian Media Group. It also prints the Ulster-Scots Agency
Ulster-Scots Agency
publication, The Ulster-Scot.[citation needed] Circulation[edit] In the period December 2010-June 2011, it had an average daily circulation of 23,492.[10] It fell to 20,755 for January to June 2013. References[edit]

^ a b Geoghegan, Peter (9 June 2017). "Who are the Democratic Unionists and what do they want?". POLITICO. Retrieved 10 June 2017. ... Sam McBride, political editor of the unionist-leaning Belfast Newsletter.  ^ [1] August 2016 ^ Research guide: Irish news & newspapers Archived 9 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine., Boston College, 13 December 2004, accessed 25 September 2006 ^ Ruth Johnston, Your place and mine: Belfast
Belfast
News Letter, BBC, accessed 25 September 2006 ^ A Deeper Silence: The Hidden Origins of the United Irishmen, A. T. Q. Stewart, The Blackstaff Press, 1998, ISBN 0-85640-642-2 pg. 134-164 ^ British Newspapers Online ^ The Life and Times of Mary Ann McCracken, 1770-1866: a Belfast Panorama, Mary McNeill, The Blackstaff Press, rpt 1988 ^ A Deeper Silence: The Hidden Origins of the United Irishmen, A. T. Q. Stewart, The Blackstaff Press, 1998, ISBN 0-85640-642-2 ^ Digitised copies of the Belfast
Belfast
News Letter ^ "ABC figures: How the regional dailies performed". HoldTheFrontPage. UK. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 

External links[edit]

News Letter online

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List of newspapers in Northern Ireland

Pan-regional

An Phoblacht Belfast
Belfast
Telegraph The Irish News The News Letter Sunday Life

Regional

Andersonstown News Antrim Times Armagh Observer Ballymena
Ballymena
Times Ballymoney and Moyle Times Banbridge Chronicle Banbridge Leader Belfast
Belfast
News Carrick & East Antrim Times Coleraine Journal Coleraine Times Community Telegraph (Belfast) County Down Spectator Craigavon Echo Derry Journal Down Recorder Dromore Leader Dromore Star East Antrim Advertiser East Belfast
Belfast
Observer East Belfast
Belfast
Herald Farmweek Fermanagh Herald Foyle News The Impartial Reporter Larne Times Lisburn Echo Londonderry Sentinel Lurgan Mail Mid Ulster
Ulster
Echo Mid- Ulster
Ulster
Mail Mourne Observer Newry Democrat Newry Reporter Newtownabbey Times Newtownards Chronicle Newtownards Spectator North Belfast
Belfast
News North West Echo Northern Constitution The North West Telegraph The Outlook (Rathfriland) Portadown
Portadown
Times Roe Valley Sentinel South Belfast
Belfast
News Strabane Chronicle Sunday Journal (Derry) Tyrone Constitution Tyrone Courier Tyrone Times Ulster
Ulster
Gazette (Armagh) Ulster
Ulster
Star (Lisburn) Ulster
Ulster
Herald (Omagh)

Defunct

Ballyclare Gazette Belfast
Belfast
Morning News Carrickfergus Advertiser Daily Ireland Down Democrat Larne Gazette Northern Whig Protestant Telegraph Ireland's Saturday Night Lá Ulsterman

See also: Republic of Ireland newspapers

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Irish newspapers owned by Johnston Press

Daily

News Letter

Local/Regional

Ballymena
Ballymena
Times Ballymoney and Moyle Times Coleraine Times Derry Journal Dromore Leader Larne Times Londonderry Sentinel Longford Leader Lurgan Mail Mid- Ulster
Ulster
Mail Portadown
Portadown
Times Sunday Journal Tyrone Times Ulster
Ulster
Star

Freesheets

Belfast
Belfast
News

Holding companies

Derry Journal
Derry Journal
Newspapers Johnst

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