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Daily marks 150 years in business with print relaunch

A regional daily has marked a century-and-a-half in business with a brand new look.

The Belfast Telegraph has celebrated 150 years in business, having first been published on 1 September 1870.

To coincide with the anniversary, the Independent News and Media-owned title has undergone a redesign complete with a new masthead.

The change means the title now has the same mastheads on both the front page of the newspaper and at the top of its website.

The new look Belfast Telegraph

The new look Belfast Telegraph

In a piece announcing the change, editor Eoin Brannigan wrote: “There’s no better way of celebrating a milestone than using it as a launchpad for the future. And that’s how the Belfast Telegraph marks its 150th birthday today.

“The newspaper, launched in September 1870 by the Baird brothers, looks different this morning as we unveil a redesigned ‘Tele’ complete with a brand new masthead.

“The new colours and logos will be familiar to readers of this website and followers of our social channels. Using them will unify our print and online product.

“Whatever way you consume our content, be it online or in print, our commitment to the values that have made the Belfast Telegraph a trusted source of news and a central part of life for the last 150 years will not waver.

“We’ll continue to ask the hard questions, hold power to account and tell your stories just as we have done throughout our history. We’ll also continue to entertain and inform, as we have done for the last century and a half.”

A 32-page anniversary supplement featured inside Tuesday’s edition, while a special ‘150 hub’ was also launched on the Bel Tel’s website.

Eoin added: “Given all that it’s been through, coronavirus is just one more crisis for the Belfast Telegraph to survive.

“The 21st century media landscape is particularly unstable yet we are investing in our products online and in print.

“This shows our commitment to the community we serve and we won’t stop here.

“We’ll continue to invest in Northern Irish journalism to give you, our readers and subscribers, the quality, trusted content you deserve as we embark on the next 150 years.”