The Shetland Times

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The Shetland Times
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)The Shetland Times Ltd
Founded1872; 147 years ago (1872)
LanguageEnglish
CityLerwick, Shetland, Scotland
CountryUnited Kingdom
Websitewww.shetlandtimes.co.uk

The Shetland Times is a weekly newspaper in Shetland, published on Fridays and based in Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland.

The newspaper is owned by The Shetland Times Ltd, a company which also operates a publishing arm, a bookshop and a printing company. The Shetland Times Ltd claims to have 55 employees.[1]

Locally known as The Times, the newspaper was established in 1872 and costs £1.30. The newspaper claims a circulation figure of 11,438. It was voted Newspaper of the Year by the (Scottish) Highlands and Islands Media Awards in 2006.

Editors[edit]

From February 2006 until February 2008 the editor was Jonathan Lee, formerly of the Aberdeen Evening Express. Lee left the Shetland Times following newsroom staff passing a vote of no confidence in his editorship.[2][3][4] He was succeeded by Paul Riddell, a former assistant editor of The Scotsman.[5]

Features[edit]

The Shetland Times has a variety of sections, including:

  • Smirk Cartoons – Local artist Smirk (Stephen Gordon) illustrates news stories, often with caricatures of local councillors and prominent figures.
  • Times Past – Archive stories from that week 25, 50 and 100 years ago.
  • Fishing and Marine News – Local fishing landings, tide tables, forecast and other related articles.
  • Our Readers Views – Letters from readers.
  • Births, Marriages & Deaths
  • Wildernews – Wildlife in Shetland (by Jill Blackadder).
  • Entertainment – Includes events that are on in Shetland over the coming weeks.
  • Classifieds – Advertising section for readers.
  • Property Sales – Includes some available properties in Shetland.
  • STSport (also known as "Shetland Times Sport") – Sport news.
  • Da Whitrit - Da Whitrit is something of a private eye, reporting in a sometimes comical fashion about happenings on the island and their encounters with people.

Printing[edit]

The Shetland Times owns, and is printed by, Shetland Litho, a printing company based in the same building as the Shetland Times Head Office in Lerwick.

Bookshop[edit]

The Shetland Times Ltd owns a bookshop (The Shetland Times Bookshop) located on Commercial Street, Lerwick. It is Lerwick's only bookshop and also stocks a range of greeting cards and stationery as well as a small selection of kid's toys.

Publishing[edit]

The Shetland Times Ltd publish a range of Shetland related books.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/about
  2. ^ Brook, Stephen; Kiss, Jemima (3 January 2008). "Shetland Times editor exits amid unrest". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 March 2016.
  3. ^ Staff (10 January 2008) "Lee ‘positive’ despite Shetland revolt" The Press Gazette Archived 17 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Bevington, Pete (3 January 2007) "Shetland Times editor abandons ship" The Shetland News[permanent dead link] date is questionable
  5. ^ Kiss, Jemima (14 February 2008). "Shetland Times appoints new editor". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 March 2016.

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