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The Jewish Chronicle (JC) is a London-based Jewish weekly newspaper. Founded in 1841, it is the oldest continuously published Jewish newspaper in the world.[1]

The JC is published every Friday (except on days which are Jewish holidays, when it appears earlier in the week) providing news, views, social, cultural and sports reports, as well as editorials and a spectrum of readers' opinions on the letter page. It is independent and owned by the Kessler Foundation (UK), a charitable trust in the United Kingdom which has overall control of the newspaper and its assets.

In February 2020, the weekly title announced that it would be merging with the Jewish News “to secure the financial future of both newspapers". According to the Electronic Intifada, the group that owns the Jewish Chronicle’s newspaper and website (Kessler Foundation) operates at a loss of more than $2 million per annum, while the Jewish News has liabilities of more than $1.9 million.

In early April 2020 the JC was put into liquidation because of the “dire state of the media industry and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic”. On 24 April 2020, the Middle East Monitor reported that a consortium headed by former BBC executive and Director of Communications in Downing Street under Theresa May, Sir Robbie Gibb, had bought out the newspaper. The consortium includes a number of pro-Israel figures within the British media and political establishment. Three named by The Guardian are writer and former chair of the Charity Commission, William Shawcross; ex-Labour MP John Woodcock; and journalist John Ware.

Under its new owners the JC, which was described by Guardian commentator Jonathan Freedland as the “beating heart” of the Jewish community, is expected to follow a similar editorial line, even though it has faced a number of controversial libel lawsuits, the cost of which is said to have pushed the newspaper towards financial ruin. [2]

 

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