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Weekly broadsheet switches to tabloid after 131 years

A weekly newspaper has hailed its switch to a tabloid format a success after readers overwhelmingly backed the move.

The Isle of Man Examiner announced in March that after 131 years as a broadsheet, it was changing to a compact size – with its first edition of the new look being published this week.

Readers have been asked to fill in a questionnaire about the new format and 84pc of those who have replied so far have said they prefer the tabloid version of the paper.

They have commented that they like the layout of the compact paper, pictured below, and it is easier to read.

Editor Richard Butt said: “We’re delighted the response from our readers has been so positive.

The Examiner is moving with the times. Our news and sports coverage has always been popular with our readers. Now it’s easier to read I hope that will make it even more popular.

“The team here at Publishing House has worked hard for many months to make the changes. I’m thrilled that their hard work has paid off.”

Before the launch of the new size, a card ‘inviting’ readers to the compact Examiner was inserted into each Isle of Man Courier, the island’s free newspaper – with two people winning an £100 prize each because their numbers matched those in the first edition.

Newspaper sales manager Kathy Smith and her team also ensured the island’s newsagents were fully aware of the changes and gave them each a bottle of champagne to celebrate the relaunch.