Tindle Newspapers is one of very few privately owned local newspaper companies in the country. Sir Ray Tindle started the group with his £300 demob money given to soldiers at the end of the Second World War.
He bought a small weekly paper in Tooting, south London, with a circulation of 700. Through launches and acquisitions Tindle Newspapers now has over 150 titles covering much of South and West England and Wales.
Sir Ray says any success he may have achieved is attributed to a dedicated and loyal staff led in recent years by Brian Doel and Wendy Craig and superb Managing Directors and general managers who run their newspapers locally.
Brian retired from the company in April 2014 and sadly died in August 2016.
Tindle Newspapers became involved in local radio in 1972 when Sir Ray led a delegation to Westminster to make the case for local papers involvement in the new media.
The following year he was part of a company chaired by Robert Stiby which invested in the then newly-formed Capital Radio. 25 years later Ray Tindle took this money out of Capital and purchased Island FM in Guernsey, Channel 103 in Jersey and, later, Midlands 103 in Ireland.
Sir Ray has always maintained an ultra-local philosophy in all his papers and radio stations reporting on strictly local news and events which are important to the community.
The company has embraced new technology and now each publication is able to offer a complete media package to their customers comprising print and digital
Local names, faces and places have been Sir Ray’s mantra and this philosophy is continued today under new Chairman, Owen Tindle, with the support of vice chairman Wendy Craig and Chief Executive, Danny Cammiade,
Although not involved in the business day to day, Sir Ray continues to be interested in the company and holds the title of President.