It’s a broadsheet, and since the Manchester Guardian graduated to national level in 1959 has the reputation of being the weightiest English regional daily newspaper. It’s unusual among regional dailies in being published in the morning rather than the evening.
It circulates throughout all the traditional county of Yorkshire, and also in the unitary authorities of North Lincolnshire (Scunthorpe) and North-East Lincolnshire (Grimsby). There are four editions:
- North Yorkshire
- West Riding
- Hull & East Riding
- South Yorkshire
Its political and social stance are both conservative; the owning company, Yorkshire Post Newspapers, used to be known as Yorkshire Conservative Newspapers Ltd, and the YP strongly opposed the ban on hunting. The first issue of the newly-renamed paper in July 1866 contained a statement of intent that it would be “at once conservative and progressive, a foe to democracy and revolution, but the firm friend of all constitutional reform”.
Yorkshire Post Newspapers (which also publishes the Yorkshire Evening Post – the editorial posts of the two newspapers were merged in April 2012, followed by the newsrooms in June 2012) has been part of the Johnston Press group since 2002.
A mobile YP was launched in early December 2011. The YP‘s also available as an iPad app.
In August 2012 Johnston Press announced plans to sell the Wellington Street premises in the city centre, home of the Post since 1970, and move to smaller offices in the Number 1 Leeds development in nearby Whitehall Road. The print works in Wellington Street had closed five months earlier, in March. The move took place in November 2012.