The Shuttle (newspaper)

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The Shuttle, formerly known as the Kidderminster Shuttle, is a free weekly newspaper distributed to households in the Wyre Forest area of Worcestershire, England, on a Thursday. In the Stourport area it was known as the Stourport News, and there was also a paid-for edition, the Kidderminster Times; all three papers have had identical editorial content since 2005 although each had its own masthead front page until April 2006. Since then all three papers have been renamed as The Shuttle incorporating the Kidderminster Shuttle, the Kidderminster Times and the Stourport News. The local office in Stourport was closed at the same time.

The Shuttle
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)Newsquest Media Group
EditorStephanie Preece
Circulation10,152 (as of 2022)[1]

The paper remains a local institution in the Kidderminster area, notably with its in-depth coverage of local politics and Kidderminster Harriers F.C.

The Shuttle was first published in the 19th century, and takes its name from the carpet industry for which Kidderminster is famous.

The current editor of the Shuttle is Stephanie Preece.[2]

The newspaper is owned by Newsquest Media Group which was acquired by the Gannett corporation in 1999. The Newsquest head office is based in Weybridge, Surrey and employs a total of more than 9,100 people across the UK.


In 1900, the newspaper was purchased by Alfred Iliffe, who changed its name to The Worcester Daily and Weekly Times. Iliffe also acquired several other newspapers in the area and merged them into the Worcester group. In 1921, the newspaper was renamed The Worcester Evening News and continued to be published daily.

Throughout its history, The Shuttle was known for its coverage of local news and events in Worcester and the surrounding areas. It also covered national and international news, as well as sports, entertainment, and other topics. The newspaper was particularly influential during the First and Second World Wars, when it provided extensive coverage of the conflicts and supported the war effort. It also played a role in promoting social and political reform, such as women's suffrage and labor rights.[3][4]

In 2009, the newspaper carried advertisements on both its online and print editions from the British National Party, resulting in a letter of complaint by a member of the National Union of Journalists.[5]


  1. ^ "The Shuttle". Audit Bureau of Circulations (UK). 27 February 2023. Retrieved 10 May 2023.
  2. ^ Contact Us
    The Shuttle.
    Retrieved 10 March 2022
  3. ^ "Free Today Newspaper Download | ePaper Download PDF".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Archived". Archived from the original on 24 February 2023. Retrieved 12 May 2023.[dead link]
  5. ^ "Shuttle under fire over BNP adverts".

External linksEdit

Additional Newsquest Newspaper titles with online presence around the Kidderminster area