The battle for readers in a seaside town whose daily newspaper went weekly this year is set to hot up again.
Regional publisher Johnston Press switched its Scarborough Evening News to weekly publication in June as part of a major relaunch of its paid-for titles.
Shortly afterwards, plans were unveiled for the launch of a new thrice-weekly newspaper called Scarborough Voice, although this has now been delayed until March 2013.
Now former SEN sports reporter Pete Spence has joined the fray with plans to set up a new 40-page free weekly, although a title has yet to be decided on.
Pete, who has also worked for the Filey and Hunmanby Mercury and currently runs a sports news blog, is looking for backers for the proposed venture.
He said the new title would have a print run of 30,000 copies a week. The relaunched Scarborough News currently sells 16,736 according to the most recent ABC figures.
The new paper will aim to provide “an independent view for the residents and businesses of the Scarborough area.”
Said Pete: “The new Scarborough weekly is the future for newspapers in Scarborough. Produced by Scarborough people for the town of Scarborough, the paper will focus on local issues and communities and will be backing local community projects.”
The paper will be published on Wednesdays, a day before the Scarborough News.
Pete is asking people interested in supporting the venture to contact him on 07815290457.