A weekly newspaper was a day late arriving in the shops after major computer problems affecting Northcliffe titles across the South East.
The Crawley News arrived at retailers 24 hours later than normal after the editorial system used to produce papers in the region went down for most of the day on Tuesday.
Richard Karn, Northcliffe’s managing director in the South East, said the failure of a data card at Virgin Media’s Essex centre had been to blame and the system had been out of action from around 8am-3.45pm on Tuesday.
But he said staff had rallied round and worked long hours to minimise the impact, meaning the Crawley News was the only title which was delayed.
Richard said most readers of the News had it delivered free to their homes, which still took place on the usual day this week, with only about 10pc of readers affected by the late arrival in the shops.
The Brentwood Gazette was the only other Northcliffe title in the region going to press on Tuesday and this arrived with the wholesalers as normal but had fewer change pages.
Richard told HTFP yesterday: “The Crawley News is a hybrid title and we only sell a relatively small number through retailers. Most customers probably won’t notice any difference.
“In the circumstances, we believe we have not done a bad job because as well as producing the titles that were on the press yesterday, we were also busy producing the titles for today. We have a number that are off stone today including the Essex Chronicle. All of these titles will go ahead as normal.
“The staff worked late last night and came in at 6am to keep us on track. Everyone has worked very hard. I think everybody in the team has really pulled together to deal with what could have been quite a significant disruption.
“The war spirit prevails in these situations and everybody tries to do their best.”