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Founded in 1869

“The People’s Friend” is DCT Media’s flagship title. It is loved and trusted all around the world, with readers in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

With an ever-rising subscription base,  the longest-running women’s weekly magazine in the world first graced the newsagents’ shelves on January 13, 1869.

Over those 150 years we have continued to evolve, gently modernising our content to reflect the changing times but retaining the traditional family values so important to our loyal readers.

We publish more fiction than any other women’s magazine and this is our USP. People who love to read find a full week’s worth of entertainment packed into “The Friend” for only £1.30!

Our readers are engaged, active and just loving life! Regular craft, cookery, puzzles, travel and gardening content reflects their diverse range of interests, and our inspirational Hand of Friendship Campaign has generated over £20,000 of aid for the Winnie Mabaso Foundation in South Africa.

In addition to the print magazine, we have a digital edition, a busy Twitter feed and a very lively Facebook community. Pop in and join us!


Angela Gilchrist


When I’m asked what I do for a living, I’m so proud to say that my job is to make over 400,000 people happy every week.

My working day is very busy, and there are lots of deadlines to meet, but it’s all worthwhile when I receive a letter from someone telling me how much the magazine means to them.

It’s a great privilege to be part of the history of the oldest – and best! – women’s weekly magazine in the world.

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