Doncaster Free Press

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Doncaster Free Press
Type Weekly
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) South Yorkshire Newspapers (Johnston Press)
Editor Chris Burton
Editor-in-chief Chris Burton
Associate editor David Kessen/Andrew Hewitt/Chris Page
Founded 1925
Language English
Headquarters 39 Printing Office Street, Doncaster, DN1 1NB
Circulation 18,331 [1]
Sister newspapers Doncaster Star, Epworth Bells, South Yorkshire Times

The Doncaster Free Press is a weekly newspaper in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. It is owned by South Yorkshire Newspapers (SYN), a subsidiary of the Johnston Press publishing empire.

Content of the newspaper[edit]

The Free Press, or DFP as it is sometimes known, is published each Thursday and is currently priced at £1. Its sections include news, sport, Women, Neighbourhood News, Your Free Press, Freeviews (letters), Wow 24/7 (entertainment), Pubs & Clubs, Style, Court Round-Up, Opinion and Analysis, jobs, promotions and competitions, nostalgia, TV, puzzles, business, property and motors as well as an extensive classified and display advertising section featuring family announcements.

Industrial action of 2011[edit]

On 15 July 2011, NUJ-represented staff employed within the Doncaster Free Press walked out walked out on indefinite strike, along with those from the South Yorkshire Times, the Goole Courier and the Selby Times. Staff returned on September 8 to allow talks to commence, after 55 consecutive days away from work.


Its offices are at 39 Printing Office Street, Doncaster. The paper left its Sunny Bar home of 89 years to move to new premises in January 2014. It was first published in 1925.

Current and previous editors of the Free Press[edit]

The current editor since November 2013 is Chris Burton. Previous editors are Graeme Huston, Merrill Diplock, Martin Edmunds, Richard Tear, Leonard Peet, Maurice Coupe and the paper's founder and first editor, Richard "Dickie" Crowther. These are the only editors in the entire history of the newspaper.

The managing director of South Yorkshire Newspapers is John Bills. It is part of the Johnston Press publishing empire which has its headquarters in Edinburgh.

Other publications[edit]

The SYN stable also includes paid-for weekly titles the South Yorkshire Times, Epworth Bells, Gainsborough Standard and Worksop Guardian. Former titles such as the Selby Times, as well as free titles the Doncaster Advertiser, Goole and Howden Courier and Thorne and District Gazette are now either defunct or have been swallowed into other publications.