Hinckley Times

The Hinckley Times[2] is a weekly paid-for tabloid newspaper which is distributed every Wednesday and mainly serves the area of Hinckley.[3] The paper further serves the surrounding areas in Leicestershire, including Market Bosworth, Coalville and Lutterworth.[4]

The Hinckley Times
Hinckley Times masthead.jpg
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The front page of The Hinckley Times
TypeWeekly newspaper
FormatTabloid
Owner(s)Reach plc
Founder(s)Thomas Baxter
PublisherReach plc
EditorSimon Holden
FoundedJanuary 1889
Political alignmentNon-partisan
LanguageEnglish
HeadquartersLeicester
Leicestershire
CityHinckley
CountryEngland
Circulation5,183[1] (as of 2019)
Sister newspapersHinckley Herald (defunct)
Leicester Mercury
Loughborough Echo
Nuneaton News
WebsiteLeicester Mercury

FoundingEdit

The Hinckley Times was founded in January 1889 by Thomas Baxter, the son of John Baxter, who was a newspaper printer and publisher in the town.[5][6][7][8][9]

In 1922, 35 years after the creation of The Times, Baxter merged the paper with a rival town publication owned by local printer Arthur Pickering, named The Hinckley Times & Guardian, Bosworth Herald & South Leicestershire Advertiser.[10][11] Following the acquisition of the paper, it was renamed to the much simpler title of The Hinckley Times and Guardian, which better reflected the merger.[12] From 1962, the title was swapped back to the original and current title of The Hinckley Times.[13]

In June 1980, The Hinckley Times moved out of the Baxter family's Castle Street newspaper offices, printing, and publishing house to a new premises on Brunel Road.[14][15]

On 29 February 1996, The Hinckley Times launched 'one of the first ever websites' for a local newspaper.[16][17][18]

The newspaper stopped trading as an independent publication when it was acquired in 1997 by Coventry Newspapers Limited.[19] Following several takeovers and mergers, the owners became Trinity Mirror, who operate in the modern day as Reach plc.[20][21][22]

The Hinckley Times stayed in Brunel Road until 2012 when the offices were flattened to make way for a newly-built bus station as a part of The Crescent's shopping and leisure complex. This seen the paper move to The Atkins Building on 23 November 2012.[23][24][25][26]

In October 2019, it was announced by the Times' owner, Reach plc, that the Hinckley Times' newspaper offices inside of The Atkins Building would close and move to the Leicester Mercury offices in Leicester city centre by the end of the year. The closure of the offices affected two Hinckley journalists working in town, and three Loughborough Echo journalists in Loughborough who also seen their offices close at the same time.[27]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hinckley Times - Data - ABC" (PDF). Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  2. ^ "The Hinckley Times. - British Library". British Library. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  3. ^ Ray, Emma (25 September 2015). "The Hinckley Times is changing its publication date". The Hinckley Times. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Hinckley Times". Reach Solutions. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  5. ^ Times, Hinckley (15 February 2014). "Past Times: 125 years of The Hinckley Times: The story of our founding father". The Hinckley Times. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  6. ^ Irving, Mitch (14 February 2014). "Past Times: 125 years of The Hinckley Times: The birth of a paper". The Hinckley Times. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  7. ^ Staff, Hold the Front Page (25 June 2007). "A century of news". Hold the Front Page. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  8. ^ "icCoventry - The Hinckley Times". icCoventry. Archived from the original on 8 November 2002. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  9. ^ "A Century of News". The Hinckley Times. Archived from the original on 26 October 2000. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  10. ^ "The Hinckley Times & Guardian, Bosworth Herald & South Leicestershire Advertiser. - British Library". British Library. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  11. ^ Irving, Mitch (14 February 2014). "Past Times: 125 years of The Hinckley Times: The birth of a paper". The Hinckley Times. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  12. ^ Irving, Mitch (14 February 2014). "Past Times: 125 years of The Hinckley Times: The birth of a paper". The Hinckley Times. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  13. ^ "The Hinckley Times. - British Library". British Library. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  14. ^ Times, Hinckley (15 February 2014). "Past Times: 125 years of The Hinckley Times: The story of our founding father". The Hinckley Times. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  15. ^ Irving, Mitch (14 February 2014). "Past Times: 125 years of The Hinckley Times: The birth of a paper". The Hinckley Times. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  16. ^ Holden, Simon (1 March 2016). "The Hinckley Times website is 20 years old - see how it looked in 1996". The Hinckley Times. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  17. ^ Sharman, David (2 March 2016). "Hinckley Times celebrates website's 20th anniversary". Hold the Front Page. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  18. ^ Ashe, Isaac (1 March 2016). "The Hinckley Times website through the ages". The Hinckley Times. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  19. ^ "icCoventry - Coventry Newspapers - Weekly titles". icCoventry. Archived from the original on 29 June 2001. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  20. ^ Tobitt, Charlotte (8 May 2018). "Trinity Mirror officially rebrands as Reach after receiving shareholder approval". Press Gazette. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  21. ^ Symon, Ken (8 May 2018). "Trinity Mirror Group rebranded as Reach PLC". Scottish Business Insider. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  22. ^ Linford, Paul. "Trinity Mirror now officially Reach plc". Hold the Front Page. Retrieved 9 January 2021.
  23. ^ Holden, Simon (24 October 2012). "Hinckley Times in office move". The Hinckley Times. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  24. ^ Times, Hinckley (27 November 2012). "The Hinckley Times has moved - come and party with us to celebrate!". The Hinckley Times. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  25. ^ Lambourne, Helen (27 November 2012). "Hinckley Times moves offices to make way for new bus station". Hold the Front Page. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  26. ^ "The Atkins Building Hinckley: Who's Here?". The Atkins Building. Archived from the original on 2 September 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  27. ^ Linford, Paul (1 October 2019). "Loughborough Echo and Hinckley Times offices to close". Hold the Front Page. Retrieved 28 November 2020.