Reading Chronicle

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This article is about the UK newspaper. For the newspaper in Reading, Massachusetts, see Daily Times Chronicle.
Reading Chronicle
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Newsquest
Editor Lesley Potter
Language English
Headquarters Reading, Berkshire

The Reading Chronicle is an English local weekly newspaper covering Reading in Berkshire and surrounding areas, starting off as the Berkshire Chronicle.


The paper is published each Thursday with two distinct geographical editions; the Reading Chronicle itself, and the Woodley and Earley Chronicle. Each edition has some local content relating to its target area, but much of the content is common. The paper was formerly broadsheet, but switched to a compact, tabloid format in March 2009. The previous supplements, including the weekly entertainment section The Guide and monthly Business Review are included inside the paper, as is the Property Chronicle.

The Reading Chronicle also publishes a weekly free paper, the Reading Midweek (formerly the Chronicle Extra) with an extra copy of the Property Chronicle, delivered on a Wednesday.


The paper covers an area extending to Goring-on-Thames to the north, Bucklebury to the west, Mortimer to the south, and Twyford and Winnersh to the east.


The Director of Berkshire Media Group is Dene Tonna. The paper is edited by Lesley Potter and the news editor is Sarah Lawrence [1]


Berkshire Media Group (BMG)[1] bought the Reading Chronicle from Trinity Mirror in 2007. BMG also publish the Newbury and Thatcham Chronicle, the Bracknell News, the Slough & Windsor Observer and several free newspapers. The group was a subsidiary of Clyde and Forth Press, an independent newspaper company headed by Deirdre Romanes, based in Dunfermline, Scotland. The Romanes companies went into receivership after the death of Deirdre Romanes and were acquired by management and Lloyds Bank under the name Romanes Media in 2012.[2] Newsquest acquired Romanes Media in 2015.[3][4]

Polish edition[edit]

On 12 October 2006 the Chronicle was accompanied by a 6-page Polish edition, titled Kronika Reading.


On 20 March 2014, the Chronicle published a feature and front-page article on alleged hooliganism at Reading Football Club under the headline "The Other Face of Football". The club's chairman Sir John Madejski suspended Reading FC's relationship with the paper and criticised it as "an unwarranted and sensationalised attack which undermines everything our club tries to represent." The piece was also criticised for suggesting that hooliganism was linked to the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 in the opening paragraph.[5] The paper's owner Berkshire Media Group made an unreserved apology for this aspect of the story the following day.[6] The following week's edition of the Chronicle apologised on its front page for both the depiction of Reading FC and the Hillsborough reference.[7]


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