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South London weekly to go online only

Regional publisher Newsquest has ended the uncertainty over the fate of one of its South London weeklies by announcing it is to go online only.

As reported by HTFP earlier this month, bosses at Newsquest’s London division have been reviewing the future of the Streatham Guardian.

It has now been announced that the free title is to go online-only from next month with the final print edition published on 15 November.

The Guardian is the second free newspaper in the capital to make the switch this year, following the Tindle Newspapers-owned Enfield Gazette in January.

No jobs are to be lost as a result of the move which was announced in an in-paper story carried in the current edition.

It read:  “The Streatham Guardian has just announced it is to become an online-only title. Continuing economic challenges have led the newspaper’s owner, Newsquest, to rethink its strategy in the area.

“The ever-more popular website will continue and newspapers previously delivered in Streatham will all be transferred to increase distribution in the borough of Wandsworth.”

Group editor Sean Duggan confirmed the website will continue to serve the people of Streatham and surrounding areas.

He said: “The Streatham Guardian had not been financially viable for some time and, with no sign of an upturn in the economy, the decision has been taken to

close the title next month and reallocate resources to strengthen sister titles.

“It is obviously a source of considerable regret to have to close any title, but I’m pleased we are not losing any editorial staff and will be able to continue covering Streatham via the website while strengthening editorial coverage and distribution elsewhere.”

The Guardian was one of two free newspapers covering Streatham, the other being the Lambeth Post. In addition Tindle’s South London Press recently launched a paid-for hyperlocal edition covering the suburb.

The newspaper is part of the Wandsworth Guardian series, which has an average weekly distribution of 53,691 according to the most recent ABC figures.