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Trinity Mirror-owned former Reading evening newspaper, the Post, is now history - TM decided the way forward is via its somewhat hard to read getreading website.
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The oldest - now only - newspaper in Reading town, started life in the early 1800s as the Berkshire Chronicle - now owned by the Newsquest group.
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First published in 1885 as the Henley Free Press, the locally-owned Henley Standard has been a front-runner in the electronic era with some consistently lively multi-media output.
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The Newbury Weekly News was first published in 1867 but was among the first locally to embrace the internet with extensive coverage under its Newbury Today brand.
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The Wokingham Times was that area's longest-established newspaper, but is no more. Website, getwokingham, styled like Reading stable-mate getreading is now the only outlet.
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Local news operation with focus on positive people-led stories publishers say encourage, inform and inspire. Now publishing The Wokingham Paper after sad demise of the Times.
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The stable-mate of the Reading Chronicle and the Slough Observer has been serving south-east Berkshire for 50+ years and its website keeps up well with the news from its patch.
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First published in 1869 - once had enviable circulation larger than the town's population. Still thriving and independent, with fifth generation Baylis family, Jason, at helm.
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Founded in 1812, and apart from a brief spell, the Express remained a family independent. It is again, acquired in 2008 by family-owned Baylis Media Ltd of the Maidenhead Advertiser.
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Founded in 1878, the Basingstoke Gazette went through it's first 99 years family-owned. Today, owned by Newsquest - part of the multi-media American-based giant Gannett.
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BBC Radio Berkshire has the benefit of Government funding for its county-wide broadcast and multi-media coverage - website perhaps not the powerhouse it should be.
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After many name and image changes, the south's commercial TV operation has found stability. Flagship programme features Fred Dinenage and Reading's Sangeeta Bhabra.
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Reading's "community" radio station, previously part of Sir John Madejski's empire, has a lively site. Became part of the zany Jack FM brand - now the even zanier Sam FM!
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It started life as Thames Valley Radio 210FM - nowadays good old "210" is on 97 and 102.9FM and is owned by national radio brand Heart - which claims to be the Home of Feel Good!
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The new kids on the radio block in Reading saying they are the only place to hear the very best adult contemporary music plus news, weather and travel updates.
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Reading Borough Council has spruced up its PR and corporate multi-media in recent years and issues frequent media news releases on the key community subjects.
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The University of Reading, in its 92nd year, is in the top one percent of uni's worldwide, and its frequent news releases reflect its highly-acclaimed research work.
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There are several "Readings" in the USA - best-known is 88,000-population Reading city northwest of Philadelphia - it's local paper is the Eagle, backed up by its dot.com version.
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From another "Reading, USA", 16 miles north of Boston is The Advocate newspaper which feeds an excellent news service into its equally-excellent website, named Wicked Local.
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News aggregator which trawls the www for any story with the word "Reading", so can occasionally throw up book-reading topics - but it's a good source of interesting items.
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Keep up to date with all things Royal - info about the club, the team, tickets, souvenirs and more, including interviews and subscription video.
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Unofficial Reading FC website with plenty of well-written comment, positive and negative - but always constructive. Named after the old "Home End" at Elm Park.
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More than 200 former Reading players and managers are in the Association - the website has interesting info about great names of Royals' and Biscuitmen's past.
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Chris Lee has supported Reading FC for 40-plus years since 'Biscuitmen' days. He’s compiled a huge collection of online memorabilia including team groups from Day 1 in 1871.
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Reading's adopted Rugby Union team, survived two relegation scares before going down at the end of 2015/16. The Exiles spent only one season in exile and now back in the Prem.
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Reading's most consistently-successful sports club - 11 men’s and seven ladies’ teams. Elite squads at top of the domestic game and many international stars.
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Reading Cricket Club operates in tandem with the adjacent Reading Hockey Club, providing a two-pronged elite sports operation at the extensive Sonning Lane site.
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Performing solidly in the National South West Division One (East). Founded in 1898 as Berkshire Wanderers, they still field a Wanderers XV.
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Originally for youngsters from non-rugby-playing schools, Abbey went senior in 1956, acquired a 22-acre site at Emmer Green and are now very successful.
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Founded 1926, now nicknamed The Rams. Originally for former pupils of Reading School. Teams in all age groups - currently National League 2 South.
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Has promoted cycling in Berkshire since 1974. With over 200 members, it is dedicated to giving cyclists the opportunity to race, ride and enjoy two-wheel life.
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Club has a proud history with past Olympic stars such as Ann Packer, Bev Callender and Britain's most successful female sprinter, Kathy Smallwood.
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Provides after school clubs, school holiday courses, birthday parties and much, much more for boys and girls from the age of 5-14, in and around Reading.
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Friendly community rowing club located on one of best stretches of upper Thames, with access to 6km of river, Caversham Bridge to Mapledurham.
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Founded as recently as 1997, Rockets had spectacular lift-off and now run age-group, ladies and seniors teams. Consistently at top end of NBL Division 1.
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Legendary (and still going strong at 83) Reg Fearman brought Speedway to Reading in 1968. Smallmead closed in 2008 but Racers faithful still have website.

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The Magpies are flying high, now one step from the Football League. They have a unique boast - York Road is the world's oldest football stadium used by the same club.
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An ambitious, progressive club but failed to make it out of the Evo-Stik Southern Prem last season but hope for better this time. Mascot Stokie walks even taller than Kingsley Royal!
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Few sporting venues match the history or rich heritage of Ascot. Queen Anne, staying at Windsor Castle in 1711 who first saw the potential for a racecourse.
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Newbury Racecourse is more than 100 years old, combining heritage with a modern sports/events venue. Constructed in 1904/05 - at a cost of £57,240!
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The local area has racing links to dating back to Henry VIII, but the first race meeting here was not until 1866. The country's only figure-of-eight flat course.
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Founded in 1988 as the Beavers, the club has sustained the sport in the town since. The Bison play in English Premier Ice Hockey League - 2015/16 champs.
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One of the leading clubs in the Thames Valley, Hawks are among the country's top 50 - 2014/15 champs of National League 2 South but now back in that division.
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Bracknell RFC has an illustrious pedigree, founded in 1955 by Welsh and Cornish men new to the New Town area. Now in National League 3 South West.
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The Blues, a focal point for the West Berkshire rugby community, are always competitive, and often successful in South West Division One (East).
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ON the night when Reading FC clinched a place in the Championship play-off final at Wembley, there was almost as much drama off the field as on it. Because while Jaap Stam's team battled to their heroic 1-0 win over Fulham, in the boardroom the deal was being signed and sealed to sell a majority shareholding to Chinese billionaire sister and brother, Xiu Li Dai and Yongge Dai (right). For the past six months, the current Thai owning consortium has reportedly been ready to sell a controlling interest. The Thais intend to keep 25pc of the club shares and the entire "Royal Elm Park" development project around the stadium. The sale was not sanctioned immediately by the Football League, but a Royals club statement recently confirmed that a potential deal was still in progress. CLICK HERE for club statement.

It was in November that the pair’s interest was first revealed, but it’s believed the Football League was originally cautious about sanctioning their takeover because questions had previously been raised about their aborted bid to buy Hull City in August last year. That was apparently vetoed by the Premier League, reportedly not for a problem with the brother and sister, but because of others involved in their bid. Yongge Dai and Xiu Li Dai are among the wealthiest and most influential people in China. Their father is a former head of the China Central Bank, and the pair are billionaires on the back of a network of underground shopping malls in cities across China.

In early 1992 the Chinese government began to look for alternative uses for a number of huge Cold War-era underground bomb shelters. Joining forces with her younger brother, Xiu Li Dai, then living in London and married to British teacher Tony Hawken, formed Renhe Commercial Holdings, an investment company which started to transform several former military bunkers into shopping malls. Profits were generated through shop rents and management lease deals and by 2008 Renhe had earned a listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange.

Having built the empire of shopping malls to over 30 Chinese cities, Renhe sold that side of the business last year for a billion US diollars, investing instead in major expansion of an agricultural wholesale markets business it had acquired in 2015. The company website lists its “business model” as : (a) the leasing or providing of space in the form of trading halls or open areas to traders for the trading of agriculture produce; (b) the leasing or providing of warehouses, icehouses and other designated space to the traders for the storage and packaging of agriculture produce; (c) the provision of transportation and third-party logistics information services to traders; (d) other value-added services including packaging of the agricultural produce.

Xiu Li has appeared in a recent version of the influential Forbes Rich List as having a net worth in excess of two billion dollars. She and Mr Hawken were divorced in 2014, rather bizarrely because he was quoted as saying he did not enjoy the lifestyle of a billionaire, or the time they spent apart while she was on business in China. They met on a blind date after she arrived in England in 1991, and it was whilst living in South Norwood, near Croydon, that Xiu Li developed her interest in football, attending various Premier League matches with the couple’s son, William. On the back of that, Xiu Li and her brother bought a Chinese League club, then based in Shaanxi, but now relocated to the capital, and known as Beijing Renhe. That, presumably, will become a sister club to the Royals, although in recent seasons it has not been a great success, suffering relegation two years ago to its present Division One status, finishing fourth there last season. The club plays at the 31,000 capacity Beijing Fengtai Stadium.

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