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Lincolnshire title’s last daily edition hits streets

Nearly 120 years of daily newspaper publishing comes to an end in Lincoln today as the city’s newspaper prepares to go weekly.

Today’s is the last edition of the Lincolnshire Echo before it becomes a weekly next Thursday.

Today’s 96-page paper includes a 20-page pull-out crammed with pictures of school starters.

But there are no “farewell” headlines with acting editor Steven Fletcher and his team already looking forward to the new-look paper’s debut.

The switch from daily to weekly has seen five editorial staff lose their jobs via compulsory redundancy, including deputy editor Martin Mammatt.

However no frontline staff reporters or feature writers were among those made redundant.

Said Steven:  “Of course we were all sad to see the last daily go off to the printers, but everybody is now looking ahead to putting out a cracking weekly paper.

“The newsroom has been re-invigorated since we started planning the content and design. We have restructured the department to ensure we have a strong writing team, and the subbing team are well on with implementing the new design.

“Many readers have written in to say they are disappointed to see the end of their daily Echo, and that is to be expected. I completely understand it.

“But I am confident we’ll give them a weekly paper crammed with great content that they will keep coming back to. Mel Cook at Scunthorpe and Marc Astley at Exeter have recently gone through the change to weekly, and have given good advice about the pitfalls to watch out for.”

The first edition of the weekly will be 192 pages, which includes a 44-page property pull-out

The Echo is the fourth Northcliffe daily to go weekly this year, following the Torquay Herald Express, Scunthorpe Telegraph and Exeter Express and Echo.


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  • October 14, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Sadly, the news editor and several photographers were also dropped from the team.

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  • October 14, 2011 at 10:15 am

    A sad day, but very mich looking forward to the weekly Echo. With family in Lincoln, I have been a regular reader of the Echo. To be honest, trying to digest the weekly news in one edition would suit me rather than trying to catch up with five! I am very much looking forward to buying the copy of the weekly Echo. Of course it’s sad the frequency has changed, but I am inspired by the enthusiasm that seems to be emanating from the offices of the Echo. The staff there have the right idea. Don’t bemoan change, embrace it and make the best of it. I sincerely believe that the first weekly edition will (excuse the pun) echo this enthusiasm! Good luck to all involved, from a former hack!!

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  • October 18, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    When will newspapers learn..
    why wasn’t the fact a newspaper, that had been daily for more than 100 years, turning weekly the dominant story on the front?
    That is massive news!
    That is the news!
    It should have been front page and pages 4, 5, 6 and 7
    What a missed opportunity to generate something excitement about the new weekly newspaper.
    Utterly shambolic

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  • October 19, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Dying breed, it WAS the front page lead story a month ago when the decision was announced.
    It was also on HTFP a month ago.

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