The Tindle group of local newspapers is celebrating its arrival in the Newspaper Society’s Top Ten for circulation after a long haul of 40 years.
Tindle Newspapers started in the late 1960s with one newspaper having a circulation of 700 copies a week.
The Newspaper Society has accepted Tindle’s latest figure of 1,400,028, which does not include property papers, publishers statements, or monthlies – a total achieved by launch and by purchase without inheriting or borrowing or owing a penny.
Proprietor Sir Ray Tindle dreamed up his idea of a family newspaper group in 1945.
He left the Army just after the war to join his local newspaper in Croydon in a job he describes as “general dogsbody”.
A print strike in 1950 gave the opportunity to test different aspects of the newspaper industry and he decided to run papers of his own, setting up the Tooting & Balham Gazette in the 1960s with the £300 demob money given to soldiers at the end of the war.
He now owns more than 200 titles and several radio stations.
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