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Under threat newspaper office saved from closure

A newspaper office under threat of closure in a recent shake-up by Northcliffe Media has been saved.

The Sevenoaks Chronicle will remain based in the centre of the Kent town after the parent company’s initial proposal to move reporters to Tunbridge Wells.

The plan is part of wider proposals involving scores of redundancies, the closure and amalgamation of some titles and the creation of a centralised subbing hub in Chelmsford for the South East Weeklies division.

Affected newspapers cover Essex, Kent, Sussex and Surrey.

Chronicle community editor Ian Read said: “It is clear that the Chronicle has a special place within the Sevenoaks community and our parent company decided we didn’t want to do anything to affect that.

“It’s great that our reporters are still based in the heart of the community.”

The paper is still running its weekly editorial hotspots where reporters go out into the town so the public can meet them face-to-face and pass on stories.

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