The end of an era… Lloyd’s List goes “online only” after 279-years in print

The end of an era for the world’s oldest newspaper.

279-year-old Lloyd’s List newspaper goes digital

A newspaper that began life 279 years ago as a notice pinned to a London coffee shop wall, will be available online only from the end of the year.

Lloyd’s List is to go fully digital from December.

The last print publication of Lloyd’s List, which carries news for the shipping industry, will be on 20 December.

A survey carried out earlier this year found that only 25 of its customers used the print edition alone.

Editor Richard Meade said it was “just a natural part of our evolution”.

He said the aim had changed little since 1734, when the notice pinned to a coffee shop wall offered customers shipping news and information.

“We haven’t changed that much. But now [customers] can access us in any coffee shop in the world,” he added.

Mr Meade said that while nostalgia weighed on the company’s shoulders, customers paid a premium for information and did not want to wait for it to come by post.

Lloyd’s List was founded by Edward Lloyd, who posted details of ship arrivals, departures and casualties on the wall of his coffee shop for the benefit of London’s 18th Century maritime community.