The Group’s newspaper history goes back over 200 years to the first issue of the Carlisle Patriot on 3rd June 1815. This very first edition reported on the imminent Battle of Waterloo – quite a scoop!
During the nineteenth century the company remained Carlisle based, but expanded to publish The East Cumberland News (the two newspapers were subsequently amalgamated to form The Cumberland News in 1910). John Burgess, the present Chairman’s great grandfather, joined the company in 1867 and became Editor in 1868. A further three generations of Burgess followed in his footsteps, leading CN Group.
In the twentieth century the company expanded with an evening paper in Carlisle (News & Star 1967), and after the Second World War moved to acquire titles in west Cumbria (Whitehaven News est. 1852 and Times & Star 1967), Hexham (Hexham Courant est. 1864), Barrow-in-Furness (North West Evening Mail est. 1898) and, more recently, Langholm in Dumfriesshire (Eskdale & Liddesdale Advertiser est. 1848). In 1998 Cumbria Life saw the start of our magazines division which also now includes Dumfries & Galloway Life 2006 and Carlisle Living 2008.
The company was a founder shareholder in Border Television, and although managed separately, remained involved until it was sold at the end of the 1990s. At the end of the 90s the Group decided to expand into radio, buying six stations. The company has now sold its Midlands Stations along with The Bay and Lakeland Radio.
Our CN Events division was established in 2008, delivering high quality indoor and outdoor events.
Our future remains in media with our brands at the group’s core in newsprint, magazines and also reaching our audiences digitally through our online offerings.