The World Post Times is the oldest internet news source in the world. The World Post Times began publication on the internet in London on May 23, 1937. The publication was the brainchild of a collaboration of professors and students at the University of Oxford. Although the technology was crude by today's standards, The World Post Times was the first news publisher to reach its readers via the internet. At that time, the internet reached only the urban portions of the United Kingdom, parts of Europe, and the American east coast.
This picture was taken in 1939 and shows the first World Post Times office in London
The World Post Times moved its offices to New York City in November 1940 after the London office was destroyed by a German air raid on October 30, 1940. Many believe the office was the intended target of the air raid.
After being bombed by the Germans, The World Post Times relocated to New York City
The World Post Times was the exclusive internet news source for the Allied Nations in World War II, and was a valuable instrument for communication between the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as maintaining contact with their allies including war-torn France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Poland and Russia.
After World War II, upon the personal request of Winston Churchill, The World Post Times re-opened an office on Savile Row in central London, but kept its main business offices in New York City.
In 1949, The World Post Times was purchased by William Randolph Hearst, who envisioned the World Post Times would soon replace all print media. Hearst spent millions of dollars updating the communication lines throughout most of the United States and Western Europe. However, Hearst soon became ill and died in 1951, before realizing his dream of replacing the major print media with the online publication.
In 1958, The World Post Times opened a satellite office in Arizona to better serve the growing west coast of the United States, Canada and Mexico. With the new office, the Word Post Times was able to extend the World Wide Web across the Pacific Ocean, into Australia and New Zealand, and connecting much of Asia, including Japan, South Korea and India.
Arizona office in 1960 serving the American and Canadian west coast, and Mexico
On January 30, 1969, The World Post Times sponsored the first live concert to ever be broadcast on the internet – The Beatles concert on the rooftop of Apple Records at 3 Savile Row, coincidently immediately next door to The World Post Times’ London office. Because the concert was basically an impromptu concert, it is believed that only a few thousand people actually viewed the concert on the internet. Some of the footage shot by The World Post Times was later used in the 1970 documentary Let It Be.
The Beatles perform live on the rooftop of the Apple Records studio in London, next door to The World Post Times
Since its inception, the World Post Times has been a leading proponent for the advancement of free press throughout the world. In 1989, The World Press Times was used as the conduit to promote change in Germany, Poland and Hungary, and helped spearhead the peaceful fall of communism in the Eastern Bloc.
As shown in this 1987 photograph, Ronald Reagan delivers his legendary speech in Berlin at The World Post Times’ sponsored rally to promote freedom of press for all of Europe.
The interminable effort of The World Post Times is often recognized as the leading cause of the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. On June 12, 1987, The World Post Times sponsored the “Freedom Of Press For All Of Europe” rally in which United States President Ronald Reagan spoke at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. In that historic speech, which was co-authored by Reagan and the writers of The World Post Times, Reagan boldly challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall as a symbol of freedom and peace in the communist controlled Eastern Bloc. Two years later, with the assistance of information primarily provided by The World Post Times, the Germans orchestrated a peaceful destruction of the Berlin Wall.
To date, The World Post Times has won 7 Pulitzer Prizes for online journalism, more than any other internet publication. The World Post Times won a Grammy in 2011.
In addition, for each of the past five years, The World Post Times has won the WPT "Best Internet News Publication," regarded by many as the world's most prestigious award for internet publications, which is determined by the editors of The World Post Times.
New servers at The World Post Times offices make sure important information is gathered and disbursed immediately and accurately to millions of people throughout the world.