Coventry Telegraph

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Coventry Telegraph
Type Daily newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Trinity Mirror
Editor Keith Perry
Founded 1891
Political alignment Neutral, Populist
Headquarters Coventry, England
Circulation 31,064 (Jan-Jun 2012)[1]

The Coventry Telegraph is a local English tabloid newspaper. Originally called The Midland Daily Telegraph, it was founded in 1891 by William Isaac Iliffe as Coventry's first daily newspaper, a four-page broadsheet newspaper originally sold for a half penny. It changed its name to the Coventry Evening Telegraph on 17 November 1941,[2] and to the Coventry Telegraph on 2 October 2006.

The newspaper became a part of the Trinity Mirror group, which is the biggest regional newspaper publisher in the United Kingdom, during 2012. Between January and June 2012, the publication had a daily circulation of over 31,000 copies.

Historical copies of the Coventry Telegraph, dating back to 1914, are available to search and view in digitised form at The British Newspaper Archive. [3]


15 November 1940 was the only day that the newspaper was unable to publish, due to the blitz raid on the city.

From 1946 until the end of April 2004, a separate sports publication, The Pink, was printed every Saturday evening. It provided coverage of sport from the Midlands, as well as national and international sport. The fortunes of Coventry City F.C. played a prominent role in The Pink'. With the 1998-99 football season, The Pink became the first regional evening newspaper to provide same day reports from all FA Premiership matches.[4]

The foundation stone of its previous headquarters at 157 Corporation Street, Coventry, CV1 1FP, was laid by the then proprietor, Lord Iliffe G.B.E, on 21 November 1957. The paper moved its headquarters to Thomas Yeoman House at Coventry Canal Basin, in Leicester Row, in the summer of 2012.

In 1985, the local radio station Mercia FM and the Telegraph formed the Snowball Appeal, a charitable organisation whose aim is to raise money to help sick and needy children in Coventry and Warwickshire.[citation needed]

From Monday 2 October 2006, the publication changed from an evening paper to a morning paper. To reflect this change, the newspaper's name changed to simply Coventry Telegraph. The switch to a morning paper saw a change in emphasis with the printed edition concentrating on exclusive and community news, leaving breaking news to its website.

The newspaper became a part of the Trinity Mirror group in 2012. On 11 October 2012, Alun Thorne, previously editor of the more up-market Birmingham Post, was appointed as editor of the Telegraph following the departure of previous editor Darren Parkin. Thorne left the publication in October 2014. His replacement was announced in January 2015 as former sports editor Keith Perry.[5]

In the summer of 2014, the newspaper began a social media campaign entitled #bringCityhome, which resulted in Coventry City F.C.'s return to the city following their exile at Sixfields in Northampton. The campaign drew praise from national media and figures within the football world.


The Telegraph is published Monday to Saturday in the following editions:

  • City
  • Warwickshire
  • Nuneaton

Coventry Newspapers Ltd. (managing director: Simon Edgley) comprises the Telegraph together with its sister publications:


  1. ^ "Coventry Telegraph Standard Certificate of Circulation Jan-Jun 2012" (PDF). Audit Bureau of Circulation. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Douglas, Alton (February 1991). Coventry: A Century of News. Coventry Evening Telegraph. p. 3. ISBN 0-902464-36-1. 
  3. ^ Digitised copies of the Coventry Telegraph
  4. ^ "The Pink". LexisNexis Research Solutions. Retrieved 5 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "Keith Perry appointed Editor of the Coventry Telegraph" (Press release). Trinity Mirror plc. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 

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