It was founded as the Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette by Liberal politician Sir Samuel Storey and six like-minded politicians and entrepreneurs in 1873. It lost the Daily from the title in 1928, and was renamed simply the Echo in 1959; it restored Sunderland to the title in 1997.
It’s published by Northeast Press Ltd, originally founded in 1849 but a division of Johnston Press since 1999. There are two other sister newspapers in the area: the Hartlepool Mail and the Shields Gazette.
It’s been in purpose-built editorial offices in Pennywell since 1976.
It has two editions: the City Final and the Co. Durham edition. There’s also a Saturday sports special edition called the Football Echo.
Despite its Liberal origins, it’s generally reckoned to be centre-right politically these days.
The Echo has a series of companion weekly freesheet tabloids:
They used to share the Echo‘s website until May 2012, but now have their own.
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