Ipswich Star

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Ipswich Star
Type Daily Local Newspaper
Editor Brad Jones
Founded 17 February 1885
Language English
Relaunched

The Star of the East (1885–1893) The Evening Star (1893–2012)

Ipswich Star (2012–)
Circulation 8,620 (July - December 2017)
Sister newspapers Felixstowe Star
Website www.ipswichstar.co.uk
The 'Archant' office in Princes Street, Ipswich, home of the Evening Star

The Ipswich Star (formerly Evening Star) is a daily evening local newspaper based in Ipswich, UK. The newspaper started publication on 17 February 1885 and is published Monday to Friday.

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The newspaper started publication on 17 February 1885 and was known as The Star of the East until 1893.

The newspaper has run a number of campaigns ranging from saving hospitals, to catching murderers. The newspaper has maintained such a campaign to catch the murderer of Ipswich woman Karen Hales since 1993. More recently its campaigns are regarded by local people as little more than blinkered support of any stupid scheme the many useless quangos of Ipswich come up with, most notably the widely ridiculed new design for the town's Cornhill and the Orwell 'Vanity Bridge'. Meanwhile it ignores major issues that blight the town and its residents, in particular the serious traffic problems created by the Suffolk County Council Travel Ipswich scheme which, at a cost of over £25m, has done nothing more than grind the town to a halt. Similarly it refuses to back the calls for a Northern Bypass around the town to ease the gridlock, despite there being overwhelming support for the idea among the town's residents and businesses.

Sports coverage is dominated by Ipswich Town Football Club and the Ipswich Witches speedway team, which the newspaper sponsors.

To see just how far the paper has fallen in recent years it was the winner of the Press Gazette's UK Daily Newspaper of the Year as recently as 2007 and 2008[1]

The current editor is Terry Hunt.

The paper is printed Monday to Friday and its circulation area includes Ipswich and Felixstowe. In the period December 2010 to June 2011, average daily circulation was 15,351.[2] This had dropped to an average daily circulation of 8,620 (of which 2,636 are free copies) for the period ended July to December 2017. Sales continue to decline and the paper is now widely ridiculed in the town due to the poor standard of the writing (there are very basic spelling and grammatical errors in most of the articles, as well as many factual inaccuracies) and the poor local knowledge since it became a Norwich based publication. It is no longer thought of as being for the people of Ipswich with certain writers notable for their preachy, know it all, arrogant pomposity. Many believe this may be down to frustration from not having sufficient talent to be able to move off the bottom rung of journalism. [2]

The newspaper had long been published by the same company as the East Anglian Daily Times and is now owned by Archant. The EADT suffers from all the same problems as the Star as articles are shared between the publications.

From 1923 until 2008 the Star had a Saturday football edition, originally called the Football Star and then the Green Un. The Green Un is no longer printed but exists as a website, focused on non-league football.[3]

To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the newspaper's publication, a Class 90 electric locomotive – operated by National Express East Anglia – was given the name The Evening Star in a ceremony at Ipswich railway station on 23 July 2010.[4]

On 23 January 2012 the Evening Star was rebranded as the Ipswich Star, for sale in Ipswich, and the Felixstowe Star for sale in Felixstowe. Both editions are published Monday to Friday only, with the Saturday edition no-longer published.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Archived April 27, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "ABC figures: How the regional dailies performed". HoldTheFrontPage. UK. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 25 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Green Un - About us". Green Un. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
  4. ^ 125 Years of the Evening Star Honoured by National Express Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine., National Express East Anglia
  5. ^ "Archant sheds 14 jobs in Ipswich Evening Star cuts". BBC. Retrieved 2 February 2012.

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