A former daily newspaper heralded its move to a new era of weekly publishing yesterday by staging a live webchat asking readers what they thought.
The Northampton Chronicle and Echo was one of five Johnston Press owned titles to go weekly from this week alongside the Halifax Courier and the newly-renamed Scarborough News, Peterborough Telegraph and Northamptonshire Telegraph.
Chronicle and Echo news editor David Summers met shoppers in the town’s Grosvenor Centre to get their reaction to the new-look paper and described the feedback as “overwhelmingly positive.”
Later news editor Daniel Owens hosted the two hour webchat on the CovertItLive platform to give readers a further opportunity to have their say.
The webchat saw readers giving mixed views with many readers saying they liked the paper but complaining that the comments functionality on the website was not working properly.
Daniel admitted there had been some “teething problems” but said there had also been “plenty of positive feedback.”
Defending the frequency change he said: “We have to realise that people’s lives have changed and as a result so have their reading habits. People may not be able to find the time to read a paper every day but hopefully they can dip in and out of the new Chron over a few days.”
Meanwhile the Scarborough News marked the launch of its new 136-page weekly edition with a story about the first person to buy it.
Retired accounts clerk David Davies was first through the doors of the paper’s office to pick up his copy at 8.30am yesterday.
“I have bought the paper for 27 years and am really looking forward to reading The Scarborough News,” he said.
“I like every aspect of the newspaper, it really takes an interest in what is happening in the town,” he added.
Other relaunches saw a new-look for two of the biggest existing weekly titles in the group – the Derbyshire Times and the Mansfield Chad.
Derbyshire Times group editor James Mitchinson tweeted: “The NEW Derbyshire Times has landed, and it looks spiffing! Hope you agree.”
Sister title the Belper News also received a makeover with what editor Julie Crouch described as a “striking new look.”
Said Julie: “We’re thrilled with our new look and think the designs are fresh, attractive and engaging. We’ve worked hard on the content to ensure everything our readers want and expect is included – along with a few extras!”
Here’s the front-page of yesterday’s “spiffing” new-look Derbyshire Times….
…and here’s how sister title the Mansfield Chad ushered in the new era.