Skip To Content

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Britain’s leading Jewish newspapers shutter due to coronavirus slump

(JTA) — Both of Britain’s leading national-circulation Jewish newspapers, The Jewish Chronicle and The Jewish News, are being liquidated.

The staff of both papers will be laid off because their parent company, the Kessler Foundation charity, has run out of money due to the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, The Guardian reported Wednesday.

The Jewish Chronicle was established in 1841 and is Britain’s oldest-running Jewish newspaper. It is listed on LinkedIn as having about 50 employees. The Jewish News has six people listed as its journalists.

“With great sadness, the Board of the Jewish Chronicle has taken the decision to seek a creditors voluntary liquidation of Jewish Chronicle Newspapers Ltd,” the newspaper announced Wednesday on its website.

The Kessler Foundation is “actively working to secure a future for the Jewish Chronicle after the liquidation,” its statement said.

Despite “the heroic efforts of the editorial and production team at the newspaper, it has become clear that the Jewish Chronicle will not be able to survive the impact of the current coronavirus epidemic in its current form.”

In February, the Jewish Chronicle and the Jewish News agreed to merge to secure the financial future of Jewish media in the United Kingdom.

The announcement came on the eve of Passover, a holiday for which employees of many Jewish businesses receive gifts.

The Jewish media have been struggling for years in the United Kingdom and beyond, but the coronavirus crisis caused a collapse in print sales and advertising revenue, the Guardian wrote.

The post Britain’s leading Jewish newspapers to shutter due to coronavirus slump appeared first on Jewish Telegraphic Agency.


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.