Lancashire Telegraph

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Lancashire Telegraph
TypeLocal newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Newsquest Media Group
Headquarters50–54 Church Street, Blackburn
Circulation 3,982(as of 2023) [1]
ISSN 1746-0522

The Lancashire Telegraph, formerly the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, is a local tabloid newspaper distributed in East Lancashire, England. It is edited by Karl Holbrook. There are around twenty towns in the area, including Blackburn, Burnley, Accrington, Darwen, Nelson, Clitheroe, Colne, and Rawtenstall.

The editor is Karl Holbrook, who is also the group editor of Newsquest's newspaper brands across Lancashire and Greater Manchester, including The Bolton News, Bury Times, The Oldham Times and Salford City News. The newspapers are owned by Newsquest, a division of Gannett, a firm based in the United States.


The newspaper was founded by Thomas Purvis Ritzema, a young newspaper manager, who purchased two shops at 19 and 21 Railway Road, Blackburn, for the launch of his venture. The first copy appeared on the streets on 26 October 1886, and sold for a ha’penny. It was known then as the Northern Daily Telegraph, and it was the first evening newspaper to be published in East Lancashire.

In 1894, the head office was moved to the corner site of Railway Road and High Street. From 7 September 1939, soon after the start of World War II, advertisements gave way to news on the front page. On 10 December 1956, it changed its title to the Northern Evening Telegraph and on 2 September 1963, the name changed again to Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

The newspaper used full colour for the first time, on 11 November 1963, with spot colour introduced on 25 January 1965, and colour in classified advertising following on 19 March 1965. In 1982, it moved to the south side of High Street, which marked the introduction of new computerised technology.

The new offices were built on part of the Dutton's brewery site; the old offices were demolished, and after the remainder of the brewery closed in the mid 1980s, the supermarket (Morrisons) was built on the site. In 1995, the Lancashire Evening Telegraph became the first regional newspaper in Britain to put daily, updated news on the internet.[ citation needed ]

In February 2006, in order to cut costs, the company announced it was to close its district offices in the Lancashire towns of Burnley, Accrington and Darwen. On 17 July 2006, the newspaper changed its name to the: Lancashire Telegraph, as it switched to overnight printing, in order to distribute copies in the morning. It was North West: Newspaper of the Year in the How Do! Awards, 2011.[ citation needed ]

In March 2017, the newspaper moved to Church Street, and the offices on High Street were converted into apartments. [2]

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  2. Jacobs, Bill (4 October 2018). "Blackburn town centre apartment building proving a hit with tenants as work nears completion". Lancashire Telegraph. Retrieved 17 September 2019.