Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

Celebrating the Belfast Telegraph’s exciting compact revolution

Reporters Victoria O'Hara, Claire McNeilly and Emily Moulton at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Reporters Victoria O'Hara, Claire McNeilly and Emily Moulton at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Karen Jones from Belfast Telegraph and guest Joanne McKendry from AV Browne at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Stephe Roycroft (Ardmore), Hugh Black (Victoria Square), Stuart Harris (Multi) and Larry McGarry (Ardmore) at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Simon Mann and Sarah Little from Belfast Telegraph at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Lisa Kelly and Jayne Lyle from Ballyrobert Cars at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Ian Hitherington (Belfast Telegraph), Julie Hamilton (Local News agent) and Billy Mercer (Belfast Telegraph) at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Norman Porter (Cavehill Road News Agent), Ray and Carol Hamilton (Cregagh Road News Agents) and Leo Mullan (National Federation of Retail News Agents) at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Terry Pentland (Levy McCallum), Sam McIlveen (Belfast Telegraph) and Coleen Kane (Levy McCallum) at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
David McGrath (ASG) and Richard Elliott (ASG) at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Larry McGarry from Ardmore at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Leona McEvoy and Stephen Roycroft from Ardmore at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Jackie Reid and Pamela McGookin from Belfast Telegraph at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Guests mingle at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Entertainment at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
John Kennedy and Ed Curran (Belfast Telegraph) at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Presentation at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Richard McClean, assistant managing director (publishing) presents Terry Pentland with a range of prizes to mark the launch of the new all editions Belfast Telegraph compact. Prizes were provided courtesy of Hanna & Browne, Lisburn; Aura Day Spa; Harveys Point Hotel, Donegal and Claire McEvoy at the Make-up Boutique and stylist Sara O'Neill
Richard McClean, assistant managing director (publishing) presents Angela McPoland with a range of prizes to mark the launch of the new all editions Belfast Telegraph compact. Prizes were provided courtesy of Hanna & Browne, Lisburn; Aura Day Spa; Harveys Point Hotel, Donegal and Claire McEvoy at the Make-up Boutique and stylist Sara O'Neill
Richard McClean, assistant managing director (publishing) with Victoria Warke at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Joanne Uprichard (Belfast Telegraph), Joanne McKendry and Sarah Little (Belfast Telegraph) at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Guests take a tour of the jail at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Guests take a tour of the jail at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Glen Howe (Hendersons), Marette Mooney (Belfast Telegraph) and Lorna Loughran (Belfast Telegraph) at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Derek Carvell (Belfast Telegraph) and John Keane (Ardmore) at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
The launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Derek Carvell (Belfast Telegraph), Jane Wells (JPR) and John Keane (Ardmore) at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Guests mingle at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Gerry Patterson, Sean Mullooly and Ronan Henry (all Belfast Telegraph) at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Lisa McIntyre and Ingrid Gracey at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
The launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Michael Brophy, Independent News & Media (NI) at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex
Martin Lindsay, Editor Belfast Telegraph at the launch event celebrating the Belfast Telegraph going compact. The launch was held at Belfast's Crumlin Road Jail complex

The Belfast Telegraph will enter a new era in its 138-year history from next week as it changes to a different and more exciting new format.





Staff and senior executives from the newspaper — which was founded in 1870 — gathered at Crumlin Road Gaol yesterday afternoon along with many of Northern Ireland’s leading business figures for the official launch of the new all-compact edition of the Belfast Telegraph.

The new format will go live across all editions throughout the day from next Wednesday.

Backed by a comprehensive television, radio and outdoor campaign, the new paper will comprise a 68 page main news section which includes comment, news review, politics, business, lifestyle and sport.

The five-edition daily paper will also be enhanced by a broad range of specialist supplements, including Business, Private and Public Sector Jobs, CarFinder, HomeFinder and a new 24 page sports pull-out every Monday.

Chief Executive of Independent News & Media (NI) Michael Brophy said that the move was the result of extensive market research.

“Independent News & Media began the compact revolution in quality newspapers with The Independent back in 2003,” he said.

Video: The Belfast Telegraph goes Compact

“The Belfast Telegraph followed suit in 2005 with the introduction of the Saturday compact and, soon after, the morning edition.

“The adoption of a wholly compact format is a natural development for the company and it is a move which has been fully endorsed by our readership, as evidenced in extensive research carried out over the last year.”

Mr Brophy said that in answers given to a range of questions about the content, format and style of the current Belfast Telegraph, 95% of respondents had given a “resounding thumbs-up” to its news content, while 80% responded positively to features and columnists.

“However, 52% of respondents said they didn’t like the size of the paper and 53% actually stated they would prefer it to be smaller,” he said.

“With strong support both externally and internally we are ready to enter a new era for Northern Ireland’s leading daily newspaper, confident that we are shaping the Belfast Telegraph to meet our readers needs in every aspect.”

The Belfast Telegraph has been printed as a broadsheet since September 1, 1870. The compact format was introduced in February 2005, with a new Saturday morning edition. This was quickly followed by the daily ‘am’ edition the following month.

From next Wednesday, March 25, all five daily editions of the Belfast Telegraph — including the City, Final, County and North West — will be printed in compact format.

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