Ipoh Echo is a community-based newspaper established with the sole aim of providing a platform for the residents of Ipoh to voice and share their views, concerns and happenings. It acts as a medium to bridge the gap between the authorities and the citizens. Ipoh Echo was started by three individuals who shared a common desire to articulate their thoughts via the print media without fear or favour.
Ipoh Echo was granted a printing permit by the Ministry of Home Affairs (KDN) in July 2005 but began publishing only in January 2006. It started with a modest circulation of 5,000 copies in an 8-page format distributed free to Ipohites. It is a bi-monthly publication and has remained as such.
In an effort to enhance operations, Ipoh Echo was relocated from its former premises at Syuen Hotel, first to 1 Jalan Lasam and now to its present site at A-G-1, No. 1 Persiaran Greentown 2, Greentown Business Centre, Ipoh. The move to Jalan Lasam was completed on September 16, 2007. Effective December 2007, Ipoh Echo had migrated from its erstwhile 8-page format to a 12-page format and printed on hi-brite paper. The print run was increased to 16,000 copies subsequently. Today the print run stands at 20,000 copies and reaches more than 100,000 readers throughout Perak where it is distributed free.
Presently, Ipoh Echo is distributed to almost all major towns in Perak. In Ipoh, the paper is sent direct to readers’ homes by news vendors. It is also available at selected news stands within the city. Ipoh Echo remains a free newspaper. Its online version has undergone several changes since a permanent website was introduced in January 2008. We are in the process of improving it further through a mobile platform to reach out to our readers within and without the country.
Incidentally, Ipoh Echo is the only community newspaper in the country. There are a couple in the Klang Valley but they are newsletters with a commercial undertone. It is our fervent hope that with our presence it would encourage others to follow suit.