25 July 2014

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Northcliffe goes head to head with Archant in Essex town

Regional newspaper publisher Northcliffe Media has launched a new free weekly newspaper in Essex, going head to head with a rival paid-for title.

The Romford Gazette was launched today and will form part of the Gazette series, which already covers Brentwood, Ongar, North Weald, Billericay and Wickford.

The title will be overseen by Nev Wilson, editor of the Brentwood Gazette, which won paid-for weekly newspaper of the year at the 2010 EDF Energy East of England Media Awards.

Rival publisher Archant also has a newspaper in the Essex town -  the paid for Romford Recorder which has a cover price of 70p.

Editorial director of Northcliffe South East, Alan Geere, said: “Demand from readers and advertisers in the Romford area wanting a piece of the action with the award-winning Brentwood Gazette has been so high that launching a new edition was the obvious way to go.

“It will be freely available in supermarkets and at railway stations from and already feedback from the community has been very positive. There is a  clearly a need for an honest, straightforward, campaigning newspaper that truly reflects its community.”

The first edition of the Romford Gazette carries a front page splash about a sex beast who was jailed 20 years after attacking a teenager who police had tracked down through a DNA blood sample.

It also features an interview with Richard Madely who was born in Romford and is now backing a local hospice campaign.

 

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Overlooked

    Isn’t this just the Havering Gazette under another name? Scrapped just a few years ago with the reporter made redundant… How long will the Romford version last?

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  2. obmiJ, Essex

    I hate to sound cynical, but I’d be interested to know how many journalists and photographers (if, indeed, the plural form even applies) Newsquest has allocated to this “honest, straightforward, campaigning newspaper”.

    Don’t get me wrong – I would be absolutely delighted to be proven wrong in these difficult times, but I have ominous visions of one desperately-overworked trainee in a tin shed on a trading estate. That seems to be the pattern for most ‘new titles’ the big publishers launch!

    Still, all the very best of luck to them. God only knows, this industry’s far too short of success stories these days…

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