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Lites out on newspaper as freesheet battle ends

This Friday will signal an end to the freesheet battle which has engulfed the capital for the past three years.

Associated Newspapers has announced that 13 November will see the final edition of London Lite.

It emerged two weeks ago that its publisher Associated Newspapers was consulting with staff over possible closure of the title, placing around 35 jobs under threat of redundancy.

The Daily Mail and General Trust, Associated’s parent company, confirmed in a statement that this Friday would see that last edition of London Lite.

“Following a lengthy consultation with London Lite staff, we’ve together decided to produce our last issue on Friday 13 November,” said Steve Auckland, MD of Associated Newspapers Free Division.

“I’d like to thank all of the staff at Lite for their unbridled enthusiasm and magnificent contributions to the paper over the last three years.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with a small and highly motivated team of individuals.

“I’d also like to thank the agencies and clients for supporting a unique offering in the afternoon market place – and not forgetting our one million daily readers.”

London Lite launched in August 2006, just three weeks before Rupert Murdoch’s thelondonpaper began publication.

News International announced in August that it was planning to close thelondonpaper and this was followed last month by the news that the London Evening Standard was scrapping its cover price from 12 October.


Onlooker (10/11/2009 09:59:15)
Good.The end of two rags that won’t be missed. I feel sorry for their staff who might struggle to find new employment in the current climate but both Lite and the londonpaper were just vessels for trite, cynical
journalism put out by media giants Murdoch and Rothermere in an operation that left both badly out of pocket. (I suppose that is some consolation in its way.)