Two free newspapers circulating on the South Coast have ceased publication, regional publisher Johnston Press has confirmed.
The Eastbourne Advertiser and Worthing Guardian, both free pick-ups with no home delivery, have been “mothballed” pending an upturn in economic fortunes.
Karl Dimmock, managing director of JP subsidiary Sussex Newspapers said the publishing strategy in the market is constantly under review.
He said: “These titles have become uneconomical to publish at the moment and the situation has been exacerbated by the significant increase in newsprint costs.
“Should the economic climate and other factors change then we will review this position.”
The Guardian is the second title in Worthing to close in a matter of months.
Last year Brighton-based daily The Argus closed its Worthing offshoot, the Worthing Sentinel with the loss of an editor’s post.