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At Trinity Mirror we have a proud heritage of publishing that has made us one of the largest multimedia companies in the UK.

Our story began in the 19th Century when businessman John Hernaman, with his friend Robert Perring, launched the Newcastle Journal on the 12th May 1832. The Journal was published at the request of local Tories who were against Earl Grey’s Reform Act with a cover price of sevenpence – the equivalent of £40 today.

Of course, the needs of our customers have evolved greatly over the years – but so have we. In the 21st Century we now reach our audiences through a variety of channels, offering the traditional daily newspaper, the 24-hour presence of the rolling news site and the immediacy of the mobile and tablet app. 

1832

The Newcastle Journal was launched and thrived in the mining and shipbuilding industries. It was printed weekly until 1861, when it became a daily.

1851

The Huddersfield and Holmfirth Examiner started as a weekly by local politicians including Joseph Woodhead and twenty years later became a daily paper after it was re-branded the Huddersfield Examiner.

1855

Liverpool Daily Post launched. In 1879, its sister paper the Liverpool Echo was first published.

1857

John Frederick launched the Birmingham Post. Thirteen years later he published the first edition of the Birmingham Mail.

1869

The Western Mail was first published.

1881

Captain Armstrong and Sir William Madge launched The People. The Jack the Ripper murders provided the paper with one of the decade's greatest scoops.

1884

The first issue of the South Wales Echo was published.

1891

Coventry Evening Telegraph launched. It was the first British publisher to deliver a newspaper by four-wheeled power. November 15, 1940 is the only day in the paper's history that it wasn't able to publish - due to the Blitz raid on the city.

1895

The Daily Record began publication.

1903

Alfred Harmsworth launched the Daily Mirror, a 'paper for gentlewomen', with a mainly female editorial staff. But within a year, Hamilton Fyfe took over as editor, putting more emphasis on photo-journalism, turning around Harmsworth's 'failed experiment'. In 1910, it had its first Royal photo scoop with a picture of Edward VII lying in state.

1915

Launch of the Sunday Pictorial as a major photo-journal. Circulation soared thanks to a series of articles written by Winston Churchill. Within three years of joining in 1938, 24-year-old editor Hugh Cudlipp helped circulation reach 1,700,000. In 1963, it was renamed the Sunday Mirror.

1919

The first issue of Newcastle's Sunday Sun reached the newsstands.

1936

The Daily Record became the first newspaper to carry colour pictures.

1953

The Daily Mirror broke all world records by selling seven million copies on Coronation Day.

1964

The Daily Mirror's circulation was five million - the highest in Europe.

1971

The Daily Record became the first mass-circulation UK daily to print in colour.

1989

Wales On Sunday launched. In 1992 it was voted UK Regional Newspaper of the Year.

1994

Mirror Group left Fleet Street for its new home in Canary Wharf.

1999

Trinity plc and Mirror Group plc merged to become the biggest newspaper publisher in the UK.