The Sheffield Star is a daily newspaper published in Sheffield, from Monday to Saturday each week. It is marketed in South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire. The total average readership is 159,690.
The newspaper began life as The Sheffield Evening Telegraph, the first edition of which was published on 7th June 1887. In 1931 it took over The Sheffield Mail, which had been its main rival since 1920. From 1937 to November 1938, the newspaper became The Telegraph & Star, and finally, from 14th November 1938, The Star.
The sister publication of The Star is The Sheffield Telegraph. The paper was founded in 1855 as The Sheffield Daily Telegraph. It was the city’s first newspaper and was published each morning at 8am. In its early years, The Sheffield Telegraph aimed to popularise the Conservative Party cause among the working class.
William Christopher Leng became managing editor and joint proprietor of the Sheffield Daily Telegraph in 1864. Under him, the newspaper became one of the first to adopt linotype printing. Leng was knighted in 1887 and continued writing for the Telegraph until his last days.
By 1898 it was claiming sales of 1.25 million a week. The newspaper ceased production in 1986. In 1989 The Sheffield Telegraph was relaunched, and published weekly, on Fridays. The total average issue readership for the paper is 64,000.
The Sheffield Star and The Sheffield Telegraph are both published by Sheffield Newspapers Limited (owned by Johnston Press), based at York Street, Sheffield. Johnston Press began printing the newspapers at their new £60 million printing plant in Dinnington, near Rotherham, in September 2006. The plant includes the first triple width newspaper press in the UK.