9th October 1856

Printer and publisher John Guiton is born

Although the Jersey Evening Post was launched by HP Butterworth, the name most closely associated with it has always been Guiton. Walter Ernest Guiton was originally contracted to print and distribute it, but the savvy businessman instead acquired it within a few weeks of its launch. Guiton immediately took over as editor, but handed over to his son in law the following year.

The newspaper remained in family hands for over a century, until it was taken over by Claverley Group, which had already been a Guiton shareholder, in 2004.

Walter Guiton had been born in Jersey on 9 October 1856 and died on 21 October 1927, aged 72.


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Other events that occured in October

  • BBC broadcasts the first episode of Bergerac
  • The BBC’s Jersey-set police drama, Bergerac, produced in association with Australia’s Seven Network, followed Jim Bergerac of the fictional Bureau des Etrangers. With 87 episodes across nine series, including six Christmas specials, it ran until boxing day 1991.
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