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Bournemouth Daily Echo
TypeDaily newspaper
HeadquartersBournemouth, Dorset, England
Circulation5,429 (as of 2023)[1]
Sister newspapersSouthern Daily Echo (Southampton)
Dorset Echo (Weymouth)

The Bournemouth Daily Echo, commonly known as the Daily Echo (a.k.a. the Bournemouth Echo), is a local newspaper that covers the area of southeast Dorset, England, including the towns Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch. Published by Newsquest (Southern) Limited, issues appear Monday to Saturday, and has an average daily circulation of 9,589 in January to June 2020.[2]


The newspaper was first published on 20 August 1900, and the centenary of the paper was celebrated in Echoes of the Century, a book published by the Daily Echo in 2000 that chronicles the history and reportage of a century.[3] From 1932 to the COVID-19 pandemic the newspaper was based out of the Bournemouth Daily Echo building in the Richmond Hill area of Bournemouth Town Centre.[4]

In October 2006, the EDF Energy London and South of England Media Awards awarded The Daily Echo the title of Daily Newspaper of the Year. In the same competition, the paper also won Columnist of the Year and Environmental Journalist of the Year for the work of Faith Eckersall and Natalie Bruckner respectively.[5]

The paper was involved in reporting the Tesco bomb campaign, an attempted extortion against Tesco stores in the Bournemouth area in 2000–01. It placed classified adverts on behalf of the police, which allowed them to communicate with the perpetrator. It later resulted in capture of Robert Dyer.[6][7]

A notable journalist who worked for the Bournemouth Evening Echo in the late 1970s was the writer Bill Bryson.[8]


  1. ^ "Bournemouth – The Daily Echo". Audit Bureau of Circulations (UK). 19 February 2024. Retrieved 2 March 2024.
  2. ^ "Bournemouth – The Daily Echo". Audit Bureau of Circulations. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Daily Echo book celebrates a century". UK: Hold the Front Page. 2000. Archived from the original on 8 May 2005. Retrieved 30 January 2008.
  4. ^ "How iconic Echo Building is being transformed into state-of-the-art workspace". Bournemouth Echo. 4 June 2021. Retrieved 9 December 2023.
  5. ^ "Bournemouth treble as Echo lifts Newspaper of the Year title". UK: Hold the Front Page. 6 April 2000. Archived from the original on 5 February 2008. Retrieved 30 January 2008.
  6. ^ "Echo's role in Dorset Tesco bomber case on TV". Bournemouth Echo. Retrieved 24 July 2022.
  7. ^ Staff, HoldtheFrontPage. "How a regional daily helped catch a bomber – Journalism News from HoldtheFrontPage". HoldtheFrontPage. Retrieved 24 July 2022.
  8. ^ Bryson. B. (2016). The Road to Little Dribbling. London: Black Swan. ISBN 978-0552779845.