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Print delay as publisher relaunches weeklies

Three weekly newspapers have been relaunched as part of a major roll-out of a new content management system.

The Kilmarnock Standard, Irvine Herald and Aryshire Post, which are part of Trinity Mirror’s Media Scotland division, have all now relaunched with new looks.

But the move resulted in printing delays at the Kilmarnock title, with it hitting the newsstands a day late on Thursday.

The relaunches are part of the roll-out of the ContentWatch editorial system across Media Scotland, which has seen production of the Paisley Daily Express merged with the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, resulting in jobs being lost.

A spokesman for Trinity Mirror said: “We’re delighted to be in the middle of the biggest relaunch in the history of Scottish local newspapers with new designs complementing great local content.

“As in any operation of this scale there’s going to be a few bumps on the road. Magnificent effort from our team.”

A story about the revamp on the Kilmarnock Standard’s website says the 150-year-old paper has a “brighter and bolder” look and a new entertainment section.

The Paisley Daily Express was relaunched last month with its cover price slashed from 45p to 20p and titles to relaunch since then include the Stirling Observer, Perthshire Advertiser, Lennox Herald, Strathearn Herald and Blairgowrie Advertiser.

Under the introduction of the ContentWatch system, each newspaper retains its editors and reporters in the community it serves but titles across the group will share non-local sections such as TV, movies, music and motoring.