Derby Trader

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The Derby Trader was the UK's first free newspaper, founded in 1966 by Lionel Pickering and Tony Mather, who became its first editor.[1] It was originally part of Pickering's Trader Group, which was bought by Thomson in 1989. Ownership subsequently passed to Midland Independent Newspapers[2] and then to Trinity Mirror, who announced the closure of the by then loss-making newspaper in 2008.[3]



  1. ^ Linford, Paul (4 December 2008), "UK's first free newspaper editor dies aged 73", HoldtheFrontpage, retrieved 18 November 2013 
  2. ^ Keeble (2012), Profile Free to make a "bits and pieces" paper: Profile of the Derby Trader
  3. ^ "Eight Trinity Mirror newspapers to close in the Midlands", HoldtheFrontPage, 24 April 2008, retrieved 18 November 2013 


  • Keeble, Richard (2012), The Newspapers Handbook (Google eBook), Routledge, ISBN 978-1-134-72642-4