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|Circulation||20,987 (December 2010-June 2011)|
The Cambridge News (formerly the Cambridge Evening News) is a British daily newspaper published each weekday and on Saturdays. It is distributed from its parent company Cambridge Newspapers Ltd's Milton base which was opened in 1991 as a print works, and became the Evening News' main operational hub in 1998. In the period December 2010-June 2011, it had an average daily circulation of 20,987.
The paper was founded by William Farrow Taylor as the Cambridge Daily News in 1888, and after a slow start saw sales rise as an appetite for knowledge of the news and sports grew among the Cambridge public. As its following steadily grew, the fledgling paper survived the need for modernisation in the early twentieth century (Captain Archibald Taylor, son of the founder, was the first managing director to introduce a standard typeface during this time, for example), the uncertain economic climate during the 1920s and 1930s and the printing shortages of the Second World War.
In the 1920s the Taylors sold the paper to the Iliffe family, who sold it in 1938 and then reacquired it in 1959, moving it to a larger premises on Newmarket Road: they continued to turn the paper into a profit-making business under the new name of the Cambridge Evening News, starting in 1969. The headquarters moved from Newmarket Road to Milton in 1998. In 2012, Local World acquired Iliffe News and Media from Yattendon Group.
In 2007 the paper started publishing an early-morning "Sunrise" edition titled simply Cambridge News, as well as the afternoon edition. In 2008, the evening edition was stopped. As the paper now only has a morning edition; "Evening" has been removed from the paper's title.
The Cambridge News also has eight sister papers with a more local circulation as part of the Weekly News series: Cambridge, Ely, Huntingdon, St Ives and St Neots (all in Cambridgeshire), Haverhill and Newmarket (in Suffolk), Royston (in Hertfordshire) and Saffron Walden (in Essex).
Until 2002 the St Neots edition was titled St Neots Evening News and the Huntingdon & St Ives edition Huntingdon and St Ives Evening News for around three years, before reverting to their original names. The paper is also active in local community campaigns such as its long running 'Action on the A14' campaign which demands action be taken on the dangerous road that bisects the paper's readership area, and also sponsors numerous local events such as the Village & Community Magazine Awards and the annual Business Excellence Awards, while running its own Community Awards to recognise readers who have made a difference in the area. The current editor is Paul Brackley.
On Saturday 13th September 2014, the newspaper was relaunched with a vibrant new design, alongside daily paid for regional editions Hunts News, Royston News and Walden News replacing the free weekly publications.
Cambridge News Online was highly commended at the EDF Energy Awards and The Newspaper Awards, both held in 2009. Judges called it the "most essential news site in the region" and also praised its high quality multimedia offerings.
Cambridge News also won Community Campaign of the Year after its four-month crusade to deliver free bus fares to the region's 140,000 pensioners ended in victory.
The paper won Regional Newspaper of the Year at The Newspaper Awards held in 2009 and 2013.
Supplements and features
Cambridge News publish most of their news online via their website . The site can be viewed for free and without registration.
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