We’re keeping it in the family with this week’s Fact Friday as we share some information about The Gleaner Company. Let’s take a trip back in time to see where it all began and how far we have come over the past 185 years.
- Established in 1834 by half brothers Jacob and Joshua deCordova, The Gleaner is the oldest operating newspaper in the Caribbean. It is also the oldest continuously published newspaper in the Western Hemisphere.
- The first name of the brothers’ newspaper was The Gleaner and Weekly Compendium of News, the predecessor to the current Gleaner. The paper was published on Saturdays for a subscription of ten shillings per quarter for the city and thirteen shillings and four pence for rural areas.
- The Sunday Gleaner was introduced in 1939. Although it is published only once a week, it reaches more than twice as many readers as the daily paper.
- The company, affectionately referred to as ‘the old lady of North Street,’ was first known as ‘the old lady of Harbour Street’ until it moved to its present location in 1969.
- Famous ‘Gleaner alums’ include former Prime Minister PJ Patterson, Rex Nettleford, Barbara Gloudon, Wilmot ‘Mutty’ Perkins and Olive Senior.
The Gleaner Company has been around for a very long time, so there are certainly many more facts where these came from.