Wakefield Express

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Wakefield Express
Type Weekly
Owner(s) Johnston Press
Editor Mark Bradley
Founded 1852
Language English
Headquarters Express House, Southgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 1TE
Circulation 33,935[1]
Sister newspapers Yorkshire Post Newspapers
Website http://www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk

The Wakefield Express is the newspaper serving the City of Wakefield district in West Yorkshire, England.[2] It was established in 1852 and was the subject of a centenary film directed by Lindsay Anderson in 1952.[3] The newspaper is owned by Johnston Press and edited by Mark Bradley.[4]

After 155 years of publication as a broadsheet, it changed to a tabloid format in March 2007.[1]

Literacy campaign[edit]

The newspaper launched its "Read On" literacy campaign in 2006, prompted by statistics which showed that over 1700 Wakefield adults cannot read. The campaign was backed by Tony Blair and Bridget Jones author Helen Fielding, and organised a Wakefield Book Day in March 2007 and provided reading material for primary school leavers worth £10,000. The campaign culminated at an event in Wakefield Cathedral.[5]


  1. ^ a b Roy Greenslade (2007-02-05). "Wakefield Express to go tabloid after 155 years". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  2. ^ "Regional News". www.wakefield.gov.uk. 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  3. ^ Dupin, Christophe (2008). "Wakefield Express (1952)". BFI Screenonline. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  4. ^ "Wakefield Express". Media UK. Retrieved 2008-07-17. 
  5. ^ "Cathedral celebration for literacy campaign". Press Gazette. 2007-09-10. Retrieved 2008-11-02.