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Huddersfield Daily Examiner

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Huddersfield Daily Examiner
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Reach plc
EditorWayne Ankers
Founded1851 (as a weekly, daily since 1871)
Political alignmentnot affiliated
HeadquartersHuddersfield, England
Circulation4,307 (2022)[1]

The Huddersfield Daily Examiner is an English local daily evening newspaper covering news and sport from Huddersfield and its surrounding areas.

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The first edition was published as a weekly, starting on 6 September 1851, as the Huddersfield & Holmfirth Examiner, although the 'Holmfirth' was dropped from the title two years later.[2] The newspaper has been published as a daily since 28 January 1871[3] when journalists on the title worked all weekend in order to forestall a rival and become the town's first daily paper.[4] Since 1999 it has been part of the Trinity Mirror group, which is now known as Reach plc and is the largest newspaper publisher in the United Kingdom.

The Examiner lays claim to a notable first in regional British journalism, as the first provincial UK newspaper to employ a woman journalist, in 1888.[5]

Recent developments

Examiner journalist Adrian Sudbury was given recognition during his battle with terminal leukaemia between 2006 and 2008. His 'Sign up for Sudders' campaign was aimed at encouraging more people to sign up as bone marrow donors, and education packs about blood, bone marrow and organ donation were sent out to schools across the country. Sudbury died at his family home in Sheffield in August 2008.[6]

Roy Wright served as the editor of the Examiner between 2002 and 2017. During this period, the newspaper, along with the local media industry more generally, underwent significant change. One notable shift took place in 2004, when the Examiner swapped its traditional broadsheet format for a tabloid or 'compact' size. At this time, printing of the paper left Huddersfield, to be centralised at Trinity Mirror's Chadderton facility in Oldham.[7] In 2008, the Examiner switched to overnight printing, making the paper available earlier each day.[8] The Examiner then moved from its base on Queen Street South to new premises at Pennine Business Park in Bradley.[9] It maintained a small town centre office for two years, but this closed in 2013.[10] A daily iPad version of the newspaper began in the same year.[11] Announcing his departure in 2017, Wright said the Examiner had been transformed from a "black and white on-the-day broadsheet" to a "genuine multimedia newsroom".[12]

The Examiner has played a leading role in the campaign to try to prevent the closure of the Accident and Emergency Unit at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.[13] The 'Hands Off HRI' campaign began in January 2016, and journalists at the paper have promised to continue it despite a series of official setbacks.[14]

Wayne Ankers was appointed editor of the Examiner in January 2017. He had previously worked for sister paper the Manchester Evening News as an associate editor of content.[15] Under Ankers' stewardship, circulation has dropped by almost two-thirds from 12,046 to 4,307 in 2022.[1][16]

The Examiner rebranded its website as 'Examiner Live' in September 2018.[17] During 2019 and 2020, the Examiner took part in a five-month trial of charging readers 25p to access certain stories. The experiment came to an end in February 2020.[18]


  1. ^ a b "Huddersfield Daily Examiner – Data". Audit Bureau of Circulations. 30 January 2023. Retrieved 20 February 2022.
  2. ^ "Our big day". Huddersfield Examiner. 16 April 2004. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  3. ^ "British Newspaper Archive". Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Our big day". 16 April 2004. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Our big day". Huddersfield Examiner. 16 April 2004. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  6. ^ Atkinson, Neil (20 August 2008). "Adrian Sudbury loses final battle". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Examiner to go compact". Hold The Front Page. 25 June 2007. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  8. ^ Linford, Paul (27 November 2008). "Daily Examiner to move to overnight printing". Hold The Front Page. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Huddersfield Examiner opens new town centre office". Huddersfield Examiner. 14 June 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  10. ^ "Examiner's Huddersfield town centre office set to shut". Huddersfield Examiner. 24 April 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  11. ^ Jackson, Andrew (17 December 2013). "Get a free 30-day trial of the Examiner's iPad edition". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  12. ^ Mayhew, Freddy (20 January 2017). "Roy Wright to step down as Huddersfield Examiner editor after 15 years in role". Press Gazette. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  13. ^ "SAVE HUDDERSFIELD A&E". Huddersfield Examiner. 30 March 2017. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  14. ^ Sharman, David (26 October 2016). "Regional daily vows to fight on despite health chiefs' vote to close A&E". Hold The Front Page. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  15. ^ Mayhew, Freddy (30 January 2017). "Manchester Evening News' Wayne Ankers is appointed editor of Huddersfield Examiner". Press Gazette. Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  16. ^ Ponsford, Dominic (23 February 2017). "UK regional dailies lose print sales by average of 12.5 per cent: Wigan Post and The National are biggest fallers". Press Gazette. London. Archived from the original on 26 February 2017.
  17. ^ Gildea, Samantha (30 April 2019). "How ExaminerLive puts itself at the heart of Huddersfield - and the biggest headlines". YorkshireLive. Retrieved 4 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Huddersfield Examiner ends Axate paywall trial after five months - Journalism News from HoldtheFrontPage". HoldtheFrontPage. Retrieved 4 March 2020.

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