The Croydon Advertiser

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The Croydon Advertiser (with locally branded editions) is a weekly newspaper covering the London Borough of Croydon, South London, and surrounding areas. It is the third-highest selling paid-for weekly paper in London.[1] The Advertiser is Croydon's major paid-for weekly newspaper and is on sale every Friday in five geographical editions: Croydon; Sutton & Epsom; Coulsdon & Purley; New Addington; and Caterham.[2] Each edition has pages concentrating on local news and information from that specific area.

The Croydon newspaper was founded by Jesse Ward in 1869,[3] and it and the other Advertiser publications later became part of the Northcliffe Media Group, which is owned by the Daily Mail and General Trust and is the largest newspaper publisher in the United Kingdom.[4] The paper converted from a broadsheet to a compact (tabloid) format on 31 March 2006. Previous editors include David Randall, the current night editor of the Independent on Sunday, a Macolm Starbrook, now editor of the East London Advertiser and Ian Carter, now editorial director at the Kent Messenger Group. The current editor is Glenn Ebrey, who replaced Andrew Worden, who was moved to the Crawley News in 2010.

In September 2010 the Advertiser adopted a hybrid part-paid, part free strategy, with 70,000 copies delivered to homes across Sutton and Croydon.

In August 2011, the Advertiser launched a campaign alongside the family of a schoolgirl, killed in a road traffic collision outside her home in New Addington, Croydon, calling on the Government to reform the law on drug driving.[5] In November that year the family of Lillian Groves met with Prime Minister David Cameron, who promised to introduce new legislation, adding that Lillian's death "proved the need for roadside drugs tesring" and that current driving legislation, which requires police to prove impairment, was "all wrong". [6]In early 2012 the Department for Transport, announced the creation of an expert panel to explore the implications of the new law.[7] In May 2012, a new drug driving offence was included in the Queen's Speech as part of the Crime and Courts Bill. Prime Minister David Cameron credited the campaign and the bravery of the Groves family.[8]

In 2012, Local World acquired owner Northcliffe Media from Daily Mail and General Trust.[9]


  1. ^ Newspaper Society London circulation tables, Jul-Dec 2005 accessed 2006-08-09
  2. ^ Trinity Mirror Southern series description accessed 2006-08-09
  3. ^ Newspaper History at Ash Rare Books, accessed 2006-08-14.
  4. ^ Trinity Mirror Group accessed 2006-08-09
  5. ^ "Advertiser launches drug-driving campaign in name of schoolgirl Lillian Groves". Croydon Advertiser. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "David Cameron: 'Lillian Groves' death shows the need for roadside drugs testing'". Croydon Advertiser. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Minister praises Lillian's Law campaign as panel set-up to explore new drug-driving law". Croydon Advertiser. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  8. ^ "Croydon Advertiser campaign prompts drug-drive law". Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Daily Mail sells regional newspapers to Local World BBC News, 21 November 2012

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