Hot off the press – New weekly newspaper to launch in York

Blast from the past… the Yorkshire Herald building on Coney Street. Photograph: Richard McDougall
6 Jun 2016 @ 7.12 pm
| Business, News

A brand-new York newspaper is about to hit the streets.

“Community-based weekly” the York Herald will publish for the first time this Friday (June 10) and then every Friday afterwards.

With a cover price of 75p, the York Herald is the city’s first new paid-for newspaper in decades.

What it will look like
What it will look like
It is published by Newsquest Yorkshire & North East Ltd, which publishes the York Press and Ryedale Gazette & Herald.

The estimated weekly readership of the new title is put at 18,000.

That is based on a circulation of 10,000, with 4,000 paid-for copies sold, and 6,000 delivered free to selected addresses in the first week of launch.

As well as serving the city, the tabloid will go to Bilbrough in the west, Elvington in the East, Strensall in the north and Riccall to the south.

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What about the content? According to marketing material…

With its community-focused, down-your-way feel it’s aimed at an affluent, engaged audience that buys into everything that makes our city great – from its streets paved in history to its easy-going charm, from its hundreds of independent retailers to its big-name shopping experience.

Within its minimum of 56 pages, content will include:

  • a round-up of York news from the week
  • ‘Down Your Way’ nostalgia content
  • village news
  • art and leisure articles
  • recipe and puzzle pages
  • and grass-root sport.

Aimed at infrequent readers of the York Press, the targeted readers are over 45 years old.

Advertisers can book everything from a full-page advert from £262.50 to an eighth-page ad from £31.50.

The launch revives the York Herald title which first appeared on the city’s streets in 1790, before being merged with the Yorkshire Gazette to create the Gazette & Herald in 1954.

Unlike the earlier version, the new one comes with its own online presence at yorkherald.co.uk.

Newspapers in York

The Herald Printing works, off Coney Street as it was - St Martin Le Grand Church is to the right. Photograph © Explore York Libraries And Archives
The Herald Printing works as it used to be. This is Coney Street – St Martin Le Grand Church is to the right. Photograph © Explore York Libraries And Archives
February 23, 1719 First edition of the York Mercury, York’s first newspaper
September 1725 First edition of the York Courant
1740-1752 Printer John Jackson publishes the York Gazetteer from his Petergate office
1745-1753 The York Journal, a four-page weekly, is published
1772 The York Chronicle established as a rival to the Courant, printed on a press in Coppergate. It continues in various guises until it is bought by the owners of the York Gazette in 1839
January 2, 1790 The York Herald is published for the first time, from an office in High Ousegate. It is eventually incorporated into the Gazette and Herald in 1954
1819 The Yorkshire Gazette first appeared and was published until it was merged into the Gazette and Herald
1822 The first incarnation of The Yorkshire Observer. Although this closed a year later, the name was revived for a different publication in 1899 and was still being published in 1938
October 2, 1882 The Yorkshire Evening Press is born, continuing to this day as the Press

More recent titles include the York Advertiser, published for a while in the 1990s, and the York Times, which appeared a few years ago.