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London weekly to close after more than 100 years

A weekly newspaper in West London that first started life in the reign of Queen Victoria is to close.

Staff at the Hounslow and Brentford Times were told of the decision by owners Newsquest earlier this week.

However no journalist jobs are expected to be lost as a result of the closure, with Times’ staff told they will redeployed across other Newsquest titles in the area.

Neither the paper’s editor, Helen Barnes, nor group editor Andrew Parkes has so far responded to requests for a comment or for further information on the announcement.

The Times has undergone several changes of name in its 115-year history.

It started life in 1895 as the Chiswick Times and was renamed the Brentford and Chiswick Times and then the Brentford, Chiswick and Isleworth Times before settling on its current name.

Although it mainly covers the London Borough of Hounslow, the paper is based at offices in London Road, Twickenham, where the Richmond and Twickenham Times is also produced.

The paper is part of the Richmond and Twickenham Times Series which currently boasts a part-free, part-paid-for circulation of 50,985. The Hounslow and Brentford title’s circulation is not audited separately.

The Times is the second weekly whose closure has been announced in the past week, following that of the Ludlow Journal.

Its forthcoming demise means the Trinity Mirror-owned Hounslow Chronicle is now the only paper covering the West London borough.


Jonah (23/07/2010 15:15:30)