De Telegraaf ("The Telegraph") is the largest Dutch daily morning newspaper, with a daily circulation of approximately 800,000. De Telegraaf is based in Amsterdam.
De Telegraaf is owned by the Telegraaf Media Groep, which also publishes a daily free newspaper, Sp!ts (which in Dutch means both "rush hour" and "sharp point").
This national newspaper contains many "sensational" and sports-related articles, and one or more pages whose content is supplied by the gossip
("Private"). The financial news coverage, however, is more serious in tone. The paper targets a broad audience, mostly in a populist style, attracting specific target groups for the paper's advertisers.
was founded by Henry Tindal
, who simultaneously started another paper De Courant
("The Gazette"). The first issue appeared on 1 January 1893
. Following Tindal's death on 31 January 1902
the printer Hak Holdert
, with backing from financiers, took over De Telegraaf
and De Courant
on 12 September 1902
. This proved to be a good investment, particularly with regard to De Courant
, enabling Holdert between 1903 and 1923 to take over one newspaper after another, suspending publication as he went. He added the name Amsterdamsche Courant
("Amsterdam Gazette") as a subtitle to De Telegraaf
, and Het Nieuws van den Dag
("The News of the Day") to De Courant
. In 1926, he began construction of a new printing facility at the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal
in Amsterdam, designed by J.F. Staal
and G.J. Langhout
. Construction was completed and the building occupied in 1930. At one point, in June 1966, the building was besieged by angry construction workers and Provo
followers, after falsely reporting that a victim of labour dispute had not been killed by the police, but by a co-worker. In 1974, De Telegraaf
moved to its current location in the Basisweg
During World War I, when the Netherlands was officially neutral, Holdert's French sympathies and his pro-English standpoint caused De Telegraaf to be the focus of some controversy. During World War II, the Telegraaf companies published pro-German papers, which led to a thirty year ban on publishing after the war. The prohibition was, however, lifted in 1949 and De Telegraaf flourished anew to become the biggest newspaper in the Netherlands.
De Courant/Nieuws van de Dag ceased publication in 1998.
Since 21 March 2004, De Telegraaf is also issued on Sundays.
The Dutch Newspaper received a letter on 28 June 2006 indicating where the bodies of two Belgian girls, who went missing on 10 June 2006, were located. This turned out to be true. They also received a message, with maps, on 13 June 2007 that described the location of the body of the missing British child Madeleine McCann. The map was of similar format and hand writing to the map received by the newspaper for the Mahy and Lemmens disappearance, but this turned out to be unsuccessful.