|Owner(s)||Independent News & Media|
|Founder(s)||William & George Baird|
|Political alignment||British Unionism|
Belfast Telegraph House |
33 Clarendon Road
Belfast, Northern Ireland
|Sister newspapers||Sunday Life|
It was first published as the Belfast Evening Telegraph on 1 September 1870 by brothers William and George Baird. Its first edition cost half a penny and ran to four pages covering the Franco-Prussian war and local news.
The evening edition of the newspaper was originally called the "Sixth Late", and "Sixth Late Tele" was a familiar cry made by vendors in Belfast City Centre in the past.
The Belfast Telegraph was entirely broadsheet until 19 February 2005, when the Saturday morning edition was introduced and all Saturday editions were converted to compact. The weekday morning Compact Edition was launched on 22 March 2005.
In 2015, the Telegraph launched the magazine supplement Family Life.
The paper now publishes two editions daily, Belfast Telegraph final edition and the North West Telegraph which is distributed in Derry. Circulation has declined in recent years, from 109,571 for the period July to December 2002 to 36,403 for the period July to December 2017.
The Belfast Telegraph was named as Best UK Regional Newspaper of the Year 2012 by the Society of Editors Regional Press Awards.