A message from the editor of the world’s oldest English language daily newspaper

The News Letter recently had its 284th birthday.

Saturday, 16th October 2021, 3:07 am
Updated Saturday, 16th October 2021, 10:55 am
The recently appointed editor of of the News Letter Ben Lowry, pictured in the paper's Belfast office. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

When I joined in 2007 we were aged 269, and our 300th anniversary seemed far into the future. It does not seem so far now — and we will travel on towards that date in September 2037.

It is an honour to become editor of the world’s oldest English language daily newspaper — and a sobering one, because there is a long heritage to protect.

I now lead a small but dedicated team of talented News Letter journalists.

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The title would not be here without your support as regular readers — and we know from the feedback how dedicated you are .

In particular our bumper Saturday edition is very popular, with the much loved Farming Life, and a host of other elements — news, politics, sport, columnists such as Owen Polley and Sandra Chapman, Billy Kennedy’s churches page.

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One of my early memories from the 1970s is of my grandparents in south Belfast (originally from Randalstown and Fermanagh) reading a broadsheet version of the News Letter with black and white photographs. They are long deceased but would be thrilled to know that the paper is alive and well — expanding, indeed, via digital and tablet editions.

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Ben Lowry