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The Belfast Telegraph is a daily newspaper published in Belfast, Northern Ireland, by Independent News & Media.

Belfast Telegraph
Type Daily newspaper
Format Compact
Owner(s) Independent News & Media
Founder(s) William & George Baird
Editor Gail Walker
Founded 1870
Political alignment British Unionism
Language English
Headquarters Belfast Telegraph House
33 Clarendon Road
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Sister newspapers Sunday Life
Belfast Telegraph offices, July 2010



It was first published as the Belfast Evening Telegraph on 1 September 1870 by brothers William and George Baird. Its first edition cost half a penny and ran to four pages covering the Franco-Prussian war and local news.

The evening edition of the newspaper was originally called the "Sixth Late", and "Sixth Late Tele" was a familiar cry made by vendors in Belfast City Centre in the past.

Its competitors are The News Letter and The Irish News but the local editions of the London-based red tops are also competitors, selling at a cheaper price than the 'Tele'.

The Belfast Telegraph was entirely broadsheet until 19 February 2005, when the Saturday morning edition was introduced and all Saturday editions were converted to compact.[1] The weekday morning Compact Edition, launched on 22 March 2005,[2] struggled to replicate the evening newspaper's success. Its editorial content has been much more tabloid, with a greater entertainment story count than the evening paper. Much prominence is given to English-based sport, and some general features and columns are shared with The Independent and Irish Independent.

The paper now publishes two editions daily, Belfast Telegraph final edition and the North West Telegraph which is distributed in Derry.


  • Circulation was 109,571 for the period July to December 2002.[3]
  • Circulation was 68,024 for the period January to June 2009.[4]
  • Circulation was 49,228 for the period January to June 2013.[5]
  • Circulation was 41,912 for the period January to June 2016.[6]
  • Circulation was 40,042 for the period July to December 2016.[7]
  • Circulation was 39,394 for the period January to June 2017.[8]


The Belfast Telegraph is the primary title of Independent News & Media (NI) Ltd. It carries many supplements including:

  • nijobfinder - appears in the paper every Tuesday and Friday. The nijobfinder brand launched its website in December 2008,, which quickly rose to prominence to provide be the number one Job Site [9] in Northern Ireland. An ad in nijobfinder is read by 466,000 people [10] making it the no 1 resource [11] for finding employment in Northern Ireland, by some distance.
  • nicarfinder - is the Wednesday supplement; every ad published with nicarfinder is seen by 130,000 people.[12] nicarfinder launched a new version of their website,, in May 2012; it closed down in 2016.
  • HomeFinder - the property supplement, focusing on the home - from interior decor, to house prices, to the latest and most glamorous homes on the market in Northern Ireland. is a property website in Northern Ireland, showing thousands of houses currently on the market and content from the Home Finder.
  • Weekend Supplement
  • OutThere Guide - the OutThere[permanent dead link] guide is printed monthly and is a resource for those socialising around Northern Ireland.
  • Family Life - won supplement of the year in the 2016 CIPR NI Media Awards

They ceased to print the Ireland's Saturday Night sports evening newspaper in July 2008.

A sister paper is Sunday Life. Also associated is Ads for Free. And the paper holds the printing contract for The Daily Mirror, The Sun, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Irish Daily Star, The Daily Star and The Times for Northern Ireland.


The Belfast Telegraph was named as Best UK Regional Newspaper of the Year 2012 by the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards.[13]

At the Coca-Cola CIPR Awards, the Belfast Telegraph scooped the following awards: Newspaper of the Year, Website of the Year, Supplement of the Year for its Titanic Tales series, Business Journalist of the Year Claire McNeilly, Production Journalist of the year for Heather Byrne, Features Journalist of the Year for Jane Hardy and Lifetime Achievement Award for former Editor Roy Lilley.[14]


  1. ^ "Belfast Telegraph expands Saturday coverage". Belfast Telegraph. 9 February 2005. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ulster wakes up to new early Telegraph". Belfast Telegraph. 21 March 2005. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
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  4. ^ Plunkett, John (27 August 2009). "Regional ABC August 2009". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 
  5. ^ Lambourne, Helen (2013-08-22). "Sales fall for newspapers in Northern Ireland". HoldTheFrontPage. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
  6. ^ Greenslade, Roy (2016-08-22). "Ireland's daily newspaper sales fall by a further 5%". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-12-23. 
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  9. ^ "". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  10. ^ Belfast Telegraph, Sunday Life & over 4 weeks
  11. ^ NITGI 2012
  12. ^ NITGI2012 - Read nicarfinder supplement in print every week & online every month
  13. ^ Canning, Margaret (28 May 2012). "Belfast Telegraph is named best regional daily in the UK at prestigious awards ceremony". Belfast Telegraph. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2015. 
  14. ^ "NI Media Awards". Archived from the original on 2012-04-05. 

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