A daily paper which now publishes overnight returned to its evening newspaper roots yesterday with a special late edition.
The Leader, based in Wrexham, broke the story of the sale of the town’s Racecourse football ground to neighbouring Glyndwr University.
It necessitated a second on-day print run with a revised splash and inside coverage.
The paper was rushed out for sale before noon, just as the bare bones of the story began appearing elsewhere online.
The Leader had already had the story of the ground’s sale to neighbouring Glyndwr University, including an exclusive interview with vice chancellor Professor Michael Scott, ready to run on Tuesday night.
But a last minute issue with the deal meant an alternative front page was run instead – followed by the special late edition when the sale was finally confirmed the next morning.
Tim Bowden, editorial manager for Leader publisher NWN Media, said: “The Leader has led the coverage of the crisis at Wrexham FC and the ownership of its ground has been central to talks over its future.
“The sale of The Racecourse to Glyndwr is a huge story and, once we knew the deal had been agreed, it was important to get it into the hands of readers as quickly as possible.
“That meant getting hard copies on to the streets of Wrexham, rather than simply covering the story online.
“The team has spent months closely following this story and it was because of these efforts we were able to give our readers the full picture so quickly.”
NWN editorial director Barrie Jones added: ” It is such a big story for the area and as a news team we were delighted to pay a brief visit back to the mid-morning deadlines of our past as an evening title.
“Despite our overnight publication giving us longer shelf life in the shops and increased sale, in the newsroom there is nothing like the tempo and excitement of a traditional evening paper deadline to deliver a story.
“It is good to know we still have the flexibility to do this when we need to.”
The one-time Evening Leader became The Leader after its moved to overnight printing on 14 September 2009.