Letter to the editor

A letter to the editor[1] (sometimes abbreviated LTE) is a letter sent to a publication about issues of concern from its readers. Usually, letters are intended for publication. In many publications, letters to the editor may be sent either through conventional mail or electronic mail.

Letter to the editor by J. J. McCarthy, demanding the publication of his letter to the Dublin Builder which was commented upon in the Freeman's Journal, and its response by the editor, John Gray. Published on p. 3 of the Freeman's Journal of 28 January 1863

Letters to the editor are most frequently associated with newspapers and news magazines. However, they are sometimes published in other periodicals (such as entertainment and technical magazines and academic journals), and radio and television stations. In the latter instance, letters are sometimes read on the air (usually, on a news broadcast or on talk radio). In that presentation form, it can also be described as viewer mail or listener mail, depending on the medium.