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Weekly paper goes on air with launch of radio show

A weekly newspaper has gone on air with the launch of a monthly radio show presented by two of its reporters.

The Croydon Guardian hit the airwaves for the first time last week with the hour-long show on Croydon Radio, presented by reporters Andy Bloss and Hannah Williamson.

The show looks at the big stories and issues from the last month and interviews key figures in Croydon, while also playing music.

On the first show, local MPs Gavin Barwell and Steve Reed discussed local issues with the two journalists, including police station closures, Croydon University Hospital and the regeneration of the town centre.

In an article about the launch of the show, Andy said: “The show has been in the pipeline for a long time so it was great to get it up and running last week.

“It is something a little different and it is another way for us at the Croydon Guardian to connect with our readers.

“We are a forward thinking team and to have a monthly radio show adds to our other initiatives such as the e-Xtra pages.

“Croydon Radio has only been going for a short while but already they are gaining a large audience and have an abundance of interesting and diverse shows. It is good to team up with them.”

Mr Reed added: “It’s great to see the Croydon Guardian breaking new ground for a local newspaper by starting a radio show.

“We had a relaxed discussion about some of the big issues facing Croydon today including the future of the hospital, police cuts and how to bring in new investment and more jobs.”

Reporters from the Guardian have already featured on Croydon Radio, with one of the team talking through stories in the paper with former Croydon MP Andrew Pelling each Wednesday lunchtime.