Lancashire Telegraph

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The Lancashire Telegraph, formerly the Lancashire Evening Telegraph, is a local tabloid newspaper distributed in East Lancashire, England. It has two separate geographic editions each day – one for the boroughs of Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley, and one for Burnley, Pendle, and Rossendale. The main towns in the area are Blackburn, Burnley, Accrington, Darwen, Nelson, Clitheroe, Colne, Rawtenstall and Ramsbottom.

The editor is Kevin Young. The news editor is Ian Singleton. The sports editor is Paul Plunkett. The features editor is John Anson. The picture editor is Neil Johnson. The web editor is Paul Cockerton.

It is owned by Newsquest, a division of the US firm Gannett.


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...
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