ThNewtownards Chronicle is a weekly newspaper that comes out on Thursdays serving the large town of Newtownards in County Down in Northern Ireland and the neighbouring Ards Peninsula and the towns of Dundonald and Ballynahinch. It was formally known as the Newtownards Chronicle & Co. Down and familiarly known as the Ards Chronicle. If Thursday is a public holiday, it shifts to an alternative publication day.
It is quite a complete newspaper with its 'News' pages, 'Courts' page, 'Features' page, 'Letters to the Editor', 'The Beauty Spot', 'Family Announcements and Public Notices, the Classifieds, the Recruitment pages as well as the 'Sport, Schools, Entertainment and Motoring' supplement. It has separate pages for different areas such as Mid Down, Comber, Lower Ards and Donaghadee news.
The most recent data that are available regarding the Newtonards’ circulation figures have been compiled during January to December 2012 by media expert ABC where it was noted that 8497 copies were circulated per issue. Its current Facebook page has no less than 10353 likers while it has 1929 followers on Twitter.
The tabloid is published by Spectator Newspapers, who also print the County Down Spectator and the Newtownards Spectator (the latter is however defunct since 2012). It was founded in 1873 by William Henry and is the only paid-for weekly local title for the Ards with the other ones being distributed freely. It was founded in 1873. It switched from broadsheet to tabloid format in June 2011.
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