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Newspaper rescued by new owners goes fortnightly

A 117-year-old newspaper which was saved from closure earlier this year is to switch from monthly to fortnightly publication.

The Woking News & Mail briefly shut down in March after its then owners, GMG Regional Media, were unable to find a buyer.

But local family business Knaphill Print and Web stepped in and the formerly weekly title resumed publication as a monthly.

At the time, the new owners said their aim was to take the title fortnightly eventually and this has now been achieved.

A statement on the paper’s website reads:  “Good news. The wait for your next edition of the News & Mail has just been halved.

“Thanks to the overwhelming support and constant requests from our loyal readers since we returned to the streets of Woking in May, the News & Mail is to move from monthly to fortnightly publishing as from November 17.”

The new owners came forward with details of the title’s revival after HTFP reported that former journalists from the paper were planning a reunion for those who had worked there.

It closed in March, along with its free sister paper the Woking Review, with the loss of 19 jobs.

The two titles were the only local newspapers still owned by GMG after it sold the rest of its regional arm to Trinity Mirror last year.

Trinity chose not to have the titles included in the deal as it already owned rival publication the Woking Informer.


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  • November 22, 2011 at 10:17 am

    What a rarity these days: a good news story about a local newspaper. Good luck to all at the Woking News & Mail.

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  • November 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    I always understood that Trinity wanted the News and Mail but the competition commission were not keen on the idea. See the recent KPM deal collapse.

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