Doncaster Free Press

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Doncaster Free Press
Type Weekly
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) South Yorkshire Newspapers (Johnston Press)
Publisher Johnston Press
Editor Nancy Fielder
Editor-in-chief James Mitchinson
Associate editor David Kessen/Chris Page
Staff writers Reporters and content curators: Barbara Craythorn, Paul Goodwin, Stephanie Bateman, Darren Burke, Rochelle Barrand, Sarah Marshall, Kate Mason, Nigel Booth, Sally Burton, Lee Peace.
Founded 1925 (18 June)
Language English
Headquarters 39 Printing Office Street, Doncaster, DN1 1TP
Circulation 18,331 (2013)[1]
Sister newspapers Doncaster Star, Epworth Bells, South Yorkshire Times (website only)

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 £1.25. Its sections include news, sport, Crime Reports, Around The Courts, Free Press Freebies, Business, Education, Those Were The Days (nostalgia), Freeviews (letters), Wow 24/7 (entertainment), FreePress TWO, Your News, Travel, Pubs & Clubs, jobs, promotions and competitions, puzzles, 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 on indefinite strike, along with those from the South Yorkshire Times, the Goole Courier and the Selby Times. Staff returned on 8 September 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 on 18 June 1925.[2]

Current and previous editors of the Free Press[edit]

The current editor of the newspaper is Nancy Fielder. Previous editors are Phil Bramley, Chris Burton, 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.

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 and Crowle Advertiser, 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.


  1. ^ "Doncaster Free Press" (PDF). ABC. Retrieved 20 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "Doncaster Free Press to celebrate 90th anniversary with Bygone Doncaster supplement". Thorne and District Gazette. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2016.