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The first issue of The Daily News edited by Charles Dickens.



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Dickens, Charles

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The first issue of The Daily News published on Wednesday, 21 January 1846, with a circulation of 4000 at 5 pence per copy. The broadsheet newspaper was founded and edited by Charles Dickens. In this first issue, Dickens declared that 'the Principles advocated by The Daily News will be Principles of Progress and Improvement; of Education, Civil and Religious Liberty, and Equal Legislation'. It also contains a piece by Dickens titled, 'Travelling Letters. Written on the Road' which was subsequently published with alterations as the first chapter of Pictures from Italy.

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2594 (2009 DH object access database number)

Physical description

A broadside printed newspaper.

Object history note

The Daily News was founded by Charles Dickens in 1846 and its first issue was published on 21 January 1846, with Dickens as its editor. As a supporter of the Liberal Party, Dickens aimed to create a newspaper to compete with The Times and the Morning Chronicle. Dickens employed his friend Douglas Jerrold as the newspaper's sub-editor. He made his father, John Dickens, responsible for the reporters, and hired his father-in-law, George Hogarth, to write about music.

However, the newspaper was not at first a commercial success and Dickens soon discovered that he wasn’t suited to the constant grind of daily news editorship. Hence, after 17 issues he stood down, with his friend John Forster replacing him as editor. In spite of this, Dickens continued to write articles for the newspaper. Forster had greater experience of journalism and his leadership saw sales of the newspaper increase.

In 1901 The Daily News was purchased by chocolate manufacturer, George Cadbury of Cadbury Brothers. In 1912 the newspaper merged with The Morning Leader and was renamed the Daily News and Leader. It was later taken over by The Daily Chronicle in 1930 and was renamed The News Chronicle, achieving a circulation of a million-and-a-half copies before its closure in 1960.
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