|Publisher||Psychic Press Ltd
Spiritual Truth Foundation
Spiritualists' National Union
The first issue of the paper was published on 28 May 1932. The name of the paper was devised by one of its founding editors, Maurice Barbanell, who said that he was told to use it by his spirit guide. Along with Barbanell, the founding members were Hannen Swaffer, a Fleet Street journalist, and Arthur Findlay, a notable figure in the history of Spiritualism in Britain.
The original publisher of Psychic News, from 1932 to 1980 was Psychic Press Ltd. The newspaper was next supported by the Spiritual Truth Foundation (STF). In 1995, the Spiritualists National Union (SNU) acquired it, and both the publishing and bookshop departments were relocated to Stansted Hall — better known as The Arthur Findlay College.
With the rise of the internet, PN added a web site, which included a bookstore and back issue division for online sales.
Closure in 2010
In July 2010, Psychic News abruptly ceased publication and both its print and web site divisions were obliterated. The SNU said that it had liquidated the publication due to financial losses, to the dismay of thousands of readers around the world who did not understand why Britain's oldest Spiritualist newspaper was terminated with almost no notice.
In 2011 the paper resumed publication with issue #4067 dated 17 December 2011, after the publisher was purchased by the JV Trust in October of that year.
Although the primary focus of the Psychic News was always Spiritualism, and it was strongly associated with the SNU even before that organization acquired ownership of it, it was the policy of PN to cover a wide variety of subjects of interest to its readers. For instance, in November 1947, the paper covered the fact that a committee of Anglican ministers had supported Spiritualism in 1936 and that the report had been suppressed by the Anglican Church. This investigative report by the Psychic News caused the Psychic News itself to become the topic of articles in The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.
In the 1950s and 1960s, with the rise of the neopagan religion of Wicca, several articles about Wicca and witchcraft were published in the magazine, including "Genuine Witchcraft Is Defended" by Robert Cochrane. From that time forward, the newspaper dealt not only with Spiritualism, but also with other paranormal, supernatural and New Age topics.
The newspaper has been criticized for biased reporting and endorsing fraudulent mediums and psychics as genuine. Early articles by Psychic News had supported the fraudulent materialization medium Helen Duncan.
An article in Psychic News claimed Uri Geller had utilized psychokinetic power based on an incident with a bracelet, however, an article in the New Scientist cast doubt on the incident and described Geller's feats as magicians tricks.
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