It started out in 1948 as the Peterborough edition of the Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph, but became a free-standing title in 1960. It’s published by East Midlands Newspapers Ltd, part of Johnston Press plc. It used to have two editions, a First Edition and a City Final, but now has only one.
There’s also a companion weekly freesheet for Peterborough itself: the Peterborough Citizen.
In April 2012 Johnston Press announced that five of their evening titles including the Peterborough Evening Telegraph would be switching to weekly publication and expanding their page count at the end of May 2012, in a shift towards more “platform-neutral” content. At the same time, emphasis on publishing up-to-date news would shift towards the newspapers’ associated websites and to new accompanying iPad apps.
The Peterborough Telegraph is now published on Thursdays. The first issue of the weekly paper came out on 31 May 2012.