Some Newspaper Origins
Newspaper losses and changes of management are making the headlines. Under these circumstances it is worth recognizing the durability of the national and regional newspapers. The earliest extant national newspaper is, of course, The Times but this was antedated by the Daily Courant which was founded in London in 1702. Both were beaten by the regional weeklies, Norwich Post and Berrow's Worcester Postman, which dispute the claim to be the first English weekly newspaper.
A number of these national newspapers have maintained a purity of lineage which might be considered a demonstration of strength or lethargy. Even those national newspapers that have been party to amalgamations or takeovers never reflect these previous struggles in their titles.
TABLE 1: CURRENT TITLES AND DATES OF FIRST ISSUE
|The Times||1788 as Daily Universal Register 1785|
|Guardian||1957 as Manchester Guardian 1821|
|News of the World||1843|
|Sunday People||1881 formerly People|
|Financial Times||1888 as Financial News 1884|
|Sun||1964 as Daily Herald 1912|
|Sunday Mirror||1963 as Sunday Pictorial 1915|