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New Nation
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)Ethnic Media Group
EditorMichael Eboda, Lester Holloway
Political alignmentMinorities
Ceased publication2016
HeadquartersWhitechapel, London

New Nation was a weekly newspaper published in the UK for the Black British community. Launched in 1996,[1] the newspaper was Britain's Number 1-selling black newspaper. The paper was published every Monday.


The original New Nation masthead was designed by Peter Pek.[2]

New Nation was initially launched in November 1996, by Elkin Pianim and his wife Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of the media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.[3] They later sold the title to Ethnic Media Group,[4] a leading publisher of weekly newspapers, magazines, websites and digital newspapers for Britain's African, Caribbean, Black British and Asian communities,[5] until the company went into administration in 2009.[6]

It pioneered the development of Black and Asian digital newspapers, reaching a global audience.[7] The newspaper's first two editions were priced at twenty-five pence, after which the price was raised to fifty-five pence.[4] It featured a mix of news, sport, social and political issues. It also had a recruitment and personal section. Its weekly entertainment section, The Buzz, featured black music, gospel, general entertainment features as well as exclusive interviews. "Legal Ease" was a legal column written by barrister Ryan Clement, the author of Legal Eyes, that used to be a legal column in the weekly newspaper The Voice, which was New Nation's main competitor.

In 2003, when several UK newspapers were furnished with details about the death of Margie Schoedinger, a black woman who had filed rape charges against George W. Bush, only the New Nation chose to publish the story.[8]

New Nation published its final online issue on 17 February 2016.[9]

See also



  1. ^ Aitkenhead, Decca (13 October 1996). "Black and successful? Here's the good news". The Independent.
  2. ^ "New weekly tabloid set to hit the shelves", Design Week, 29 November 1996, p. 5.
  3. ^ Armstrong, Stephen (22 November 1996). "Media Profile | Birth of a Nation: Richard Adeshiyan, editor, New Nation". PR Week. Retrieved 21 June 2024.
  4. ^ a b Sunmonu, Yinka (2002). "Black Theatre Co-operative". In Donnell, Alison (ed.). Companion to Contemporary Black British Culture. Routledge. p. 301. ISBN 9781134700257.
  5. ^ Sweney, Mark (7 December 2006). "New Nation and Eastern Eye revamped". The Guardian.
  6. ^ McNally, Paul, and Sally Newall (23 January 2009), "Potential buyers emerge for New Nation newspaper", Press Gazette. Archived 22 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 7 March 2010.
  7. ^ Editor's anger at stop and search , BBC News, 24 February 2003.
  8. ^ Aronowitz, Simon (13 December 2003). "In the western world, only one newspaper reports the suicide of the woman who accused George W Bush of rape". Thought Crime News. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  9. ^ "The domain name NewNation.co.uk is for sale".