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July 05 2010

09:45

SIR, ALL WHAT YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE TIMES OF LONDON LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter to the Editor

A fantastic 12-page supplement.

The Times of London Letters to the Editor section celebrates today its 70 years old.

As Lord Byron said:

“Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company.”

The paper gives some interesting facts:

23% from London.

4% from Scotland.

3% from wales.

1% from North Ireland.

84% from men.

15% from women.

66 letters received by post each day on average.

424 e-mail letters received each day on average, not counting the junk.

16 letters a day are published on average (the section has been expanded in the last few months. Smart move!)

65,051 letters received by the Letters department in 1985, The Time’s bicentenary year.

180,000 letters a year received now.

2,010 number of word, on average, printed on the letters page every day. That’s 12,061 words a week.

143 words, average letter printed (versus the Twitter’s 140 characters)

11,071 the longest letter printed in The ties, published on October 13, 1898 with an account of the Dreyfus case.

89% of chosen letters appear on the page within three days of arriving.

32% appear within one day of arriving.

3,2% of letters received make it to print -that’s a1 in 31

So, on November 14, 2009 the Times printed this letter:

“Sir, My brothers and I have for years agreed that if one has a letter published in The Times the others must each give him a bottle of champagne (double if it is not spotted). Historically I have been the loser, but publication of this helps to restore the balance. Lord Justice Scott Baker”

Brilliant!

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