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Tindle merges paid-for weekly into free newspaper series

A long-standing paid-for weekly owned by Sir Ray Tindle has ceased to exist in its current form and been merged into a series of free newspapers.

The Pulman’s Weekly News was founded in 1857 and until recently sold around 7,500 copies across South East Devon.

Now it has been assimilated into the View From Axminster free title, which Sir Ray purchased along with three other View From titles in 2009.

The masthead of View From Axminster was changed last week to incorporate the old Pulman’s Weekly News masthead.


Tindle Newspapers said no redundancies or office closures had occurred as a result of the move.

A spokeswoman for the company said: “The title continues as part of the View From series.”

Pulman’s Weekly News, which sold for 45p, was set up to cover the towns of Axminster and Seaton in East Devon, Lyme Regis in Dorset, and other villages in East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset.

It is thought to be one of the oldest newspapers in Devon.

The paper’s circulation was not audited as part of the ABC figures but Devon County Council estimated it had a circulation of 7,500.

In April this year, Sir Ray purchased six further View From papers from Lyme Media & Events in Lyme Regis, along with three Weekender titles.

All the newspapers are now published under Tindle Newspapers subsidiary Devon, Dorset and Somerset Series of Newspapers Ltd.


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  • July 11, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I think you have made a mistake!
    Surely that is a front page from 1987?

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  • July 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

    I thought newspapers started off with ads all over the front page – if it’ what’s needed to keep them alive, what’s the problem?

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  • July 11, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    You’ve got a dramatic picture of a local street being flooded with cars submerged, evidence of high water marks and a story that reveals people are being evacuated.
    So what do you do with it – use it across all editorial space for maximum impact or make it the size of a postage stamp?

    Yet another terrible layout from a Tindle newspaper: hard to navigate, no impact and too much advertising.
    But at least the Tindle crest is clearly visible, so that’s alright then.

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  • July 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Selling 7500 copies in this climate. A figure that other local newspapers dream of.

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