The Belfast Telegraph is the local paper of Belfast. As a young boy this product was sold at paper stands throughout the city with paper sellers yelling 'Tele Tele'. The paper sellers have all but gone no doubt due to cost cutting but the Tele as its affectionately known it the most popular local paper in the Belfast area being sold in all areas within Belfast.
What is the Belfast Telegraph?
The Belfast Telegraph is a local evening paper for the Belfast Area which is printed on a daily evening. The paper is owned by Independent News and Media. It was first published in Belfast in 1870. The paper is conservative in outlook and in terms of Irish politics it has always been considered to have a more Unionist outlook. That being said it does make very strong efforts to appeal to all sections of the community and in my opinion it seems to be doing a good job of this.
Where to buy and the cost
The cost of the paper is 65 pence and it can be found in all good newsagents in and around the Belfast Area. It's also widely sold by migrant worker at all major traffic junctions in the city centre area.
The paper provides an excellent balance of local and international news as well as sports. It has various special supplements or nights for instance Monday nights is property night, Tuesday is jobs (medical and education only) and Friday is all other jobs. The paper is printed at the weekend as well under a slightly different name however I for one have never purchased the paper at the weekend so cant really comment.
The paper tends to hunt out local connections to stories and it does this very well. The stories they cover are all topical and done in a very interesting and meaningful way that will appeal to a wide readership. The paper would probably claim to be a broadsheet as opposed to being a red top however over the years I have noticed a distinct move to sensationalist journalism. Perhaps this is a deliberate move to increase readership numbers.
Overall I enjoy reading the Tele and I would usually get a copy of it everyday. It lets me keep up to date with all local and international stories and also has useful section such a property for sale/let, car sales, family notices etc. This paper would be of interest to local and visitor alike and the website which is free carries a great selection of some of their most popular stories.
The Belfast Telegraph is the main regional newspaper for Northern Ireland. It is a broadsheet paper, giving comprehensive, relatively unbiased, coverage of what is happening day to day in Northern Ireland. You can find out all of the latest sport and political news and it also has a good classifieds section. One of the best features of the Belfast Telegraph is the Job Finder, which comes out every Monday. Due to the strict anti-sectarian rules when it comes to advertising jobs, all jobs being advertised must be available to both communities. Because the telegraph is seen as neutral it has become the popular choice for companies wanting to advertise their job openings. It therefore has a very comprehensive list of all the best jobs on offer in Northern Ireland. It is also very good for the arts printing a detailed list of all the theatrical and social events occurring during the week every Thursday. However the Belfast Telegraph is still only a regional paper and doesn’t really try to cover much international news. Even fairly important international events may only have a paragraph or two. The price of the telegraph also seems to be a little high for the amount of coverage you get. For many years the Belfast Telegraph was sold for a very reasonable 28p. Then about 2 years ago they announced that it was going to rise to 30p. Since then the price of the telegraph has risen, mostly un-announced, to 40p. You may think that 40p is an acceptable price for a paper if it is any good, but if you regularly read the Belfast Telegraph, then you will share my opinion that 40p is a bit steep. I am not saying that the telegraph is a bad paper, but for a 30% rise in price you would expect a rise in quality or quantity. In my opinion the paper is as good as it always was, but no better, and is it my imagination, or has it been getting thinner? So if you are visiting Northern Ireland for business or pleasure and are looking for a good newspaper, th
en the Belfast Telegraph is a good choice, but do not expect much more than local news.