The battle for readers in a South West city is hotting up after a regional daily upped its presence there.
The Western Morning News is re-establishing a permanent home for two reporters in Exeter, to be based at the offices of sister Northcliffe title the Express and Echo.
The move comes after former Express and Echo editor Marc Astley launched his new website The Exeter Daily earlier this month, with the aim of providing what he called a “proper daily news service” for the city.
The Express and Echo moved to weekly publication in September last year after 106 years as a daily title and Marc left the paper three months later.
The move by the WMN just weeks later will see reporters Phil Goodwin and Adam Walmsley based at the offices, at Sowton Industrial Estate, as the paper aims to increase its focus on the East Devon area.
Editor Bill Martin said: “It is really important that we have an office in a city that is going places.
“Exeter and Devon have always been integral to the Western Morning News, but we hope the re-establishment of the newspaper’s permanent presence in the city will bring additional benefits for our readers.”
Phil Goodwin added: “We want readers to know that we are actively looking to cover the county, the city and the east coast.”
When Marc launched The Exeter Daily, he said he aimed to create an “army of citizen journalists” across the patch and said it would fill a gap for daily news in Exeter.