The Sunday Telegraph Newspaper
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A Brief History of the Sunday Telegraph
The Sunday Telegraph is part of the Telegraph Media Group and is owned by identical twin brothers, Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay. The paper is printed in broadsheet format and as of December 2008, it has an average weekly circulation of 597,934 copies. The newspaper takes a centre-right political stance and it supported the Conservative Party at the 2005 General Election.
The Sunday Telegraph was founded on 5th February 1961, as the sister paper of The Daily Telegraph. It was the first new national Sunday newspaper to be published in the UK for forty years, formed by Michael Berry, later known as Baron Hartwell. Berry was the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of both the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph from 1954 until 1987. He would later regard the launch of the Sunday Telegraph as his greatest achievement.
The first edition of the Sunday Telegraph announced:
“It is not its aim to improve upon some other paper. Instead it is being started in the belief that for educated people there is a sizeable gap in Sunday reading…The Sunday Telegraph will not neglect the wider range of reading for which the public has time at the week-end. While deliberately restricting its paging to a manageable size, it will also give a larger proportion of its space than other Sundays to succinct reporting and explanation of news, home and foreign.”
The Sunday Telegraph therefore contained a greater coverage of news stories than other Sunday newspapers, which paid more attention to features and reviews. The first edition of the Sunday Telegraph contained news articles on the front and back pages, with classified advertising and sport at the end of the newspaper.
Conrad Black - the Canadian financier and owner of the Hollinger Inc. newspaper group - increased his shareholding in the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph to fifty-seven percent in February 1986. Lord Hartwell subsequently stood down after thirty years as Chairman and Editor-in-Chief. He was succeeded by Black as Chairman in September 1987.
Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay purchased the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Telegraph at the end of June 2004. In October 2006, they moved the newspapers to Buckingham Palace Road in London and renamed the company the Telegraph Media Group. The Sunday Telegraph moved to full colour production for the first time on 7th September 2008.
The Sunday Telegraph Supplements
A colour features magazine was first included with the Sunday Telegraph on 12th September 1976 and was launched as the “Telegraph Sunday Magazine”. The newspaper developed many new supplements in the late 1980s and 1990s. On 11th September 1988, the “Telegraph Sunday Magazine” was replaced by the new “7 Days” section, which presented the week’s most interesting news pictures in full colour. An appointments supplement was added to the newspaper on 23rd October 1988.
The Sunday Telegraph was redesigned on 11th June 1989 and split into two separate sections. The first section was devoted to news, whilst a second section titled “The Sunday Telegraph Review” was devoted to features and arts and book reviews. The “7 Days” colour section was also re-launched as a television, film and radio magazine.
On 4th November 1990, a new “City and Business” newspaper supplement was introduced, incorporating the previous appointments section. The television and radio listings were also merged with the “Sunday Telegraph Review” section, leaving the paper without a magazine.
The “City & Business” supplement was renamed “Business” on 17th April 1994 and a new “Sport” supplement was introduced on the same date. A magazine was re-introduced to the newspaper on 17th September 1995 with the launch of “The Sunday Telegraph Magazine”. It included features and a variety of columns on food, drink, motoring and gardening.
The Sunday Telegraph was revitalised again on 6th November 2005. The “House and Home” newspaper supplement was renamed “Home and Living”. Moreover, ”The Sunday Telegraph Magazine” was renamed “Stella”, containing features and regular items on fashion, beauty, interiors, food, health and relationships. The “Sunday Telegraph Review” and the “TV & Radio” magazine were merged to form “Seven”. This new magazine included the television and radio listings, together with entertainment, arts and book reviews.
When the Sunday Telegraph began to be published as a full colour newspaper on 7th September 2008, the paper also launched a new tabloid newspaper supplement called “Life”. This replaced the “Home and Living” supplement and it featured articles on property, gardening, interiors, health, family, food, hobbies, pets and the outdoors.
The current newspaper supplements included with the Sunday Telegraph are “Sport”, “Business”, “Money & Jobs”, “Travel” and “Life”. In addition, the “Stella” and “Seven” magazines are still provided weekly with the newspaper.