The Herald (Plymouth)

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The Herald
Herald Front.jpg
Front page of the 3 July 2007 edition
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatTabloid
Owner(s)Trinity Mirror
Founded1895
Political alignmentIndependent right-of-centre
HeadquartersCity centre, Plymouth
Circulation16,350
Sister newspapersWestern Morning News
Websitewww.plymouthherald.co.uk

The Herald is the Trinity Mirror newspaper serving Plymouth. The print editor is Clare Ainsworth.

Readership and website[edit]

The paid-for newspaper has an ABC circulation of 15,755 (Jan-Jun 2017) and is owned by Trinity Mirror. Its sister titles include the Express & Echo in Exeter, the Herald Express in Torquay, the Leicester Mercury and the Western Morning News.

Its website at www.plymouthherald.co.uk has more than six million page views a month from 1,000,000 unique visitors.

The Herald is published 6 days a week, Monday to Saturday, and has a single edition.

The Herald extensively reports on Plymouth's sports teams including Plymouth Argyle F.C. (Football League Two), Plymouth Albion R.F.C. (National Division One), Plymouth Titans (Rugby League Conference), Plymouth Admirals (British American Football League), Plymouth Raiders (British Basketball League) and the Plymouth Devils (Premier League speedway). The Argyle Chief Reporter is Chris Errington.

The Herald's business editor is William Telford.

History[edit]

The history of the Herald stretches back to 2pm on Monday 22 April 1895 when the Western Evening Herald was launched as Plymouth's first evening newspaper. Various other newspapers had come and gone in Plymouth in the preceding 100 years. The WEH was published by the owners of the Western Daily Mercury. It was then bought by Sir Leicester Harmsworth in 1921 — a year after he bought the Western Morning News company — and was renamed The Evening Herald and Western Evening News on 17 September 1923. On 24 May 1924, the name was changed again to the Western Evening Herald and Western Evening News.

After changing format to tabloid in 1987, the title changed again to the Evening Herald, becoming simply The Herald in October 2006 when its print deadline shifted from midmorning (between 9am and 11am) to 1am to accommodate the 120-mile distribution journey to Plymouth after printing was transferred to Weymouth in Dorset.

Alan Clark, the Conservative MP for Plymouth Sutton from 1974 to 1992, dismissed the people of Plymouth as "believing everything they read in the Herald".[1]

In 2012, Local World acquired owner Northcliffe Media from Daily Mail and General Trust.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History of The Herald". The Herald. Retrieved 9 July 2016.
  2. ^ Daily Mail sells regional newspapers to Local World BBC News, 21 November 2012

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