Guernsey Press and Star

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The Guernsey Press and Star
Type Daily newspaper
Owner(s) Claverley Group
Founded 1897
Headquarters Guernsey
Circulation 15,165 (January-June 2011)[1]
Official website www.thisisguernsey.com/

The Guernsey Press and Star is the only daily newspaper published in Guernsey.

History[edit]

The Guernsey Evening Press was first published in 1897.[2] In 1951 it purchased the struggling Guernsey Star (first published in 1813), renaming itself Guernsey Evening Press and Star.[3] The paper was published by The Guernsey Press Company until 1999 when the company merged with Guiton, publishers of the Jersey Evening Post. In 2004 Guiton came under the ownership of the Claverlely Group, which also owns the Wolverhampton Express and Star and the Shropshire Star.[3]

Publication and Circulation[edit]

The paper is currently published six days a week and has a circulation of 15,165 (average for December 2010-June 2011).[4]

German Occupation[edit]

During the Occupation, the two papers, subject to censorship from the German authorities, continued to publish, eventually on alternate days given the shortage of materials and staff available. After the Germans temporarily removed the editor of The Star, Bill Taylor, from his position, following an article which they deemed offensive, it was edited by Frank Falla. Falla was a key member of the Guernsey 'Resistance', being involved in the Guernsey Underground News Sheet (which went by the acronym GUNS). GUNS published BBC news, illegally received, on a single news sheet. According to his memoirs, through strategic placement of stories handed to him by the German authorities in The Star, he allowed islanders to distinguish easily between German news and stories emanating from Guernsey journalists. [5] Falla was eventually betrayed by an Irish collaborator and, along with his peers who helped to produce GUNS, was deported to Germany. Falla survived, though other members of the organisation did not return from Germany.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ABC figures: How the regional dailies performed - Journalism News from". HoldtheFrontPage. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  2. ^ http://www.priaulxlibrary.co.uk/images/library/A_guide_to_using_the_Priaulx_Library.pdf
  3. ^ a b "History of the ''Guernsey Press and Star''". Thisisguernsey.com. Retrieved 2012-10-03. 
  4. ^ "ABC figures: How the regional dailies performed". HoldTheFrontPage (UK). 31 August 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Frank Falla, The Silent War, (Guernsey Press 1967)