A free weekly newspaper owned by regional publishers Newsquest has been axed.
The Oxford Star was published for the final time on 20 June and a short article, pictured below, informed readers about its closure.
It ceased publication shortly before sister regional daily the Oxford Mail announced an increase in its cover price from 45p to 65p from Monday, along with increased pagination and more news, sport and features.
The Star had a circulation of 21,002 at the latest ABC figures published in February – up 7.2pc year-on-year – and around one-third of these were from free pickup copies, with the rest from letterbox delivery.
The paper’s article about its own closure said: “This will be the last edition of the Oxford Star.
“You can still keep up to date with all the news from your area with the Oxford Mail – Oxford’s daily paper which will be bigger, better and brighter from Monday, July 1.”
Earlier this week group editor Simon O’Neill hit out at “churnalism” on local papers as he told readers about the Mail’s relaunch, saying the paper needed to charge a “fair” price if it was to continue to set the news agenda for its patch.
Simon has not so far responded to requests for a comment.