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Handbags and gladrags? No – fishnets and medallions!

Visitors to the Southern Daily Echo in Southampton could have been forgiven for thinking they had stepped on to the set of Chicago. Heartbeats were raised as the paper’s female staff slipped into fishnets to raise money for a Southampton-based

Newspaper group appoints chief executive

John Fry has been appointed as chief executive of media business Archant, formerly Eastern Counties Newspapers Group. He joins in June and takes over from Peter Strong who is retiring after five years in charge. New recruit John John, (45),

New in-house production for Echo

A new gardening publication is to be produced for Lincolnshire. The supplement, Gardeners’ Trail, is produced in-house at the Lincolnshire Echo and will be published four times to coincide with each new season. The layout of the publication will include

Probes launched after Argus racism investigation

A major South Wales Argus investigation into racism in rugby has led both the Welsh Rugby Union and the National Assembly for Wales to announce their own probes. The Argus acted after Newport scrum half Ofisa Tonu’u – a former

Reporter attacked by road rage thugs

A Norwich Evening News reporter has told how he feared for his life as he came face-to-face with road rage attackers. Alex Gore, (27), was left bruised and shaken after two men in a white transit van forced him to

First 'City Final' for Argus

The South Wales Argus produced a special issue – and a new name for one of itseditions – to mark the Queen’s decision to make Newport a city. An editorial operation planned weeks in advance swung into action late onWednesday

Hull paper launches key new editions

The Hull Daily Mail is to split into four main editions to reflect the diversity of the area it serves. There will be a new East Riding edition from Monday March 25, with its own news and features. The new

Devon titles merge

Two newspapers in the south-west have merged to meet prevailing trading conditions. The East Devon and Exmouth Admag, which already incorporates East Devon News, is now included within the Midweek Herald. Publishing company CML is merging titles in Exeter and

David has a mind-altering experience…

As new research reveals that hypnosis can alter the human brain, David Thomas, of the Gloucester Citizen, tried out the effects for himself… When I was given the task of being hypnotised, I was a touch nervous to say the

Marathon madness grips journalists

Three of the News Shopper editorial team are planning to run this year’s London Marathon. For website manager Paul Lagan, it will be his ninth London Marathon, while for reporters Emma Coutts-Wood and Lucy Brinicombe it will be the first

Sales past 27,000-mark thanks to new edition

The launch of a new newspaper in the Basingstoke Gazette series has helped take sales to 27,000 with the first issue. The Tadley Gazette is, in fact, an edition of the Friday main paper but The Gazette team has worked

Third editorship for Bill

Bill Browne, editor-in-chief of Gazette Newspapers, is leaving Basingstoke to take up his third editorship. After six years Bill will leave the Gazette on March 22 and take up his new role as editor of the Salisbury Journal and Avon

Courier hits the headlines

The Kent and Sussex Courier is no stranger to reporting fires and explosions – but just before its latest deadline it found itself at the centre of a story. Just before 2pm on Thursday, the fire brigade were called to

KMG's radio reach is doubled

The Kent Messenger Group has bought two more radio stations – almost doubling its broadcasting reach. The group has reached agreement with GWR Radio Ltd to purchase, for an undisclosed sum, the Mercury FM operations at Medway and Tonbridge. The

Getting personal

Professional style consultants have been appointed at Debenhams in Plymouth to offer one-to-one advice on fashion, homeware and gifts.In the privacy of a Personal Shopper suite, consultants will find out what the customer wants before helping them find it.Reporter Louise

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