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It was founded 6 July 1854 by Ralph Horne, a local printer, bookseller, stationer, bookbinder, paperhanger and shipowner, who was also a member of the Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society. It was originally published as the Whitby Gazette: Horne's List of Visitors, and was little more than a list of visitors to the seaside town. However, on 2 January 1858, it became a proper twice-weekly newspaper, published on Tuesday and Friday each week.
On the death of Ralph Horne in 1892, his two sons, H. S. “Mr Harry” Horne and F. W. “Mr Fred” Horne had taken over as Editor and Chairman respectively. In 1920, “Mr Harry” Horne retired and one of “Mr Fred” Horne's sons, William Mackenzie Horne, took over the editorship between the wars. In 1949, “Mr Fred” Horne died thereby relinquishing the Chairmanship, and William Mackenzie's son, L. M. “Mr Lionel” Horne, took over the running of the entire business. The Gazette stopped being privately owned by the Horne family on 30 March 1978, when Lionel Horne, the great grandson of Ralph Horne, died.
The Gazette briefly experimented with a paywall, but this was quickly abandoned as the number of subscribers remained low. The Gazette was re-launched as weekly edition in January 2012 and the paper is now published on a Friday. It is published by Yorkshire Regional Newspapers Ltd, part of Johnston Press.
As of January 2014, the staff include editorial director Ed Asquith, sports editor Duncan Atkins and head of photography Ceri Oakes. The reporting team consists of chief reporter Emma Spencer and senior reporter Karl Hansell.
The Whitby Gazette is the only newspaper in the world to have been read on the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, thanks to the efforts of mountaineer Alistair Sutcliffe, who lives in a village near to the seaside port.
In 2011 the editorial team was a finalist in the O2 Media Awards for the Yorkshire and Humber, while trainee Karl Hansell won O2 Media's Young Journalist of the year award at the same awards ceremony. In 2013 the Gazette was nominated for the 02 Media's Weekly Newspaper of the Year award.
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- "Tributes to wife of last private owner of Whitby Gazette". Whitby Gazette. 1 September 2006. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
- "Daredevil doctor conquers the peaks". Whitby Gazette (Yorkshire Regional Newspapers Ltd). Johnston Press. 14 December 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
- Dyson, Steve. "Save the Whitby Gazette editor! The tide of outrage rises". http://www.theguardian.com/uk. The Guardian Media Blog. Retrieved 17 December 2014.