A newspaper office that has been based in a Wiltshire town for the past century is set to close.
The Marlborough office of the Wiltshire Gazette and Herald will be closed by parent company Newsquest and the only reporter that was based there is to work from home and hold surgeries in the town.
Nigel Kerton, who is due to retire in a year’s time, has worked from the office for the past 44 years.
In a report in the Gazette and Herald this week, Nigel said: “Of course I am sad to be leaving it after all these years but with modern technology I can work from anywhere.
“All good things come to an end and while this is the end of the road for a permanent office in the town, the Gazette will still continue to provide the best traditional news service with the emphasis on community news and stories about what local people get up to.”
Now the office is to be sold and Nigel will hold surgeries in some tea rooms in the town for members of the public who want to speak to a reporter for Marlborough.
Readers can also leave their letters at an estate agent on the same road as the office was based.
It will be the first time the town has been without a newspaper office for more than 200 years.
The move meant that the Times and the Gazette and Herald are both now managed and run from the Times’ office in Trowbridge.
Group editor of the titles, Gary Lawrence, had not responded to requests for a comment at the time of publication.
Over the past year HTFP has reported on a number of newspaper office closures and proposed closures, including:
- Stroud News and Journal’s Stroud, Cirencester and Dursley offices
- Belper News, Eastwood and Kimberley Advertiser and Eckington Leader
- Midlothian Advertiser’s Dalkeith office
- Epworth Bells and Crowle Advertiser
- Morley Observer and Advertiser
- Lancaster Guardian
- Herts Advertiser’s St Albans office
- The Bethnal Green office of Archant London’s Recorder series