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Scottish weekly newspaper publisher goes bust

A newspaper group which published seven community titles across the Central Lowlands area of Scotland has gone into liquidation with up to seven journalists’ jobs at risk.

Staff at Forth Independent Newspapers, publisher of the Wee County News, were told of the company’s collapse on Friday, according to reports in The Scotsman.

The Alloa-based group’s other titles includes the Allanwater News, the Strathallan News and Eastside News in Alloa, and the East Kilbride Mail, Eastwood Today and Avondale Mail.

Some of these titles had seen circulation rises over the past year, bucking the national trend.

It is understood that a liquidator has been appointed and that a buyer may be preparing to acquire some of the group’s titles.

The group acquired the East Kilbride Mail four years ago from a consortium which included the ex-footballer Ally McCoist, now boss of Rangers.

Martin Little, editor of Wee County News, told The Scotsman it was a “very sad day for all involved”.

He said: “Putting aside the personal disappointment, my thoughts are with the thousands of people who looked forward to receiving each of our titles every week. Communities have been at the heart of everything we have done.”

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  • June 27, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    The Wee County News was a great local paper where I got my start in journalism back in ’99. Never a dull moment as we were independent, then part of Regional Independent Media, then Johnson Press, then Forth Indy. Thoughts and best wishes for all the staff affected – hope things are brought to a speedy and successful resolution.

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