The Northern Echo

The Northern Echo

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The Northern Echo is a daily regional morning newspaper serving the north-east of England. The paper is based in Priestgate, Darlington. Its first edition was published on 1 January 1870. The paper was started by John Hyslop Bell with the backing of the Pease family, largely to counter the political outpourings of rival newspapers, the Darlington & Stockton Times and the Darlington Mercury.

The Northern Echo enjoyed early success under its second editor, W. T. Stead, who brought the paper international notoriety during the Bulgarian Atrocities agitation in 1876. Leading Liberals such as Gladstone and Joseph Chamberlain became great admirers and the historian E. A. Freeman went so far as to declare the Northern Echo, "the best paper in Europe." However, the loss of Stead to the Pall Mall Gazette in 1880 and the resignation of founder, Bell in 1889, took a heavy toll on the Echo and its sales slumped to a critical low for decades after. The collapse of the Pease dynasty and increased competition from rival newspapers added to the Echo's troubles and, by the time it limped into the twentieth century, it was on the verge of bankruptcy.

It was saved from ruin in 1903, when it was acquired by the North of England Newspaper Company, a group owned by chocolatiers...
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