An editor has hailed an “amazing” public response after launching a new free weekly which will compete with the newspapers he used to run.
The new title has started life as part of a newspaper war in the seaside town and comes after the Gazette last week made the switch from tabloid to broadsheet as part of a relaunch.
That follows Johnston Press buying the free weekly Brighton & Hove Independent in July, which runs in competition with Newsquest’s The Argus.
The first edition of the Eastbourne Independent, pictured above, hit the streets on Friday with an initial print run of 13,500.
Peter said: “We are delighted with the first edition and the public response has been just amazing.
“I was at a business event on Friday and everyone was talking about the Independent.
“I am more convinced than ever that there is room – and indeed the demand – for a new fresh free newspaper in this wonderful town. Rome wasn’t built in a day but we have a base, we have a start, and the only way is most certainly up.
“Our main focus for week one was the hospital falling into Special Measures, and we covered that in a very detailed way because of its significance to the town.
“We will continue to cover the big issues while treating local community news in an equally important way. Times are very exciting here in Eastbourne.”
The first edition of the Independent is 32 pages and is being distributed at supermarkets and other outlets across the Sussex town.
Peter previously worked as group editor at JP, working at the Crawley Observer, Sussex Express series, Eastbourne Herald and Gazette and Hastings Observer series but he lost his job in 2009 as part of cost-cutting measures.
Since leaving the regional publisher, Peter has worked as a journalism course leader at City College Brighton and Hove.