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Former free newspaper executive will not be replaced

A free newspaper executive who left his role after 20 years at the title will not be replaced, it has been confirmed.

Steve Allsopp, left, helped set up the Nottingham Topper in 1994 and went on to become general manager of the the independent paper, now owned by Local World.

He left the title at the end of March and now Local World, which also owns city daily the Nottingham Post, has confirmed he will not be replaced.

The free newspaper, which has a circulation of 147,396, will noe be overseen by Post commercial director Helen Bowen-Green.

Local World said in a statement:  “Following the departure of Steve Allsopp as the General Manager of the Nottingham and Long Eaton Topper, the business is to be re-structured.

“In an effort to improve further revenues and bring the sales approach up to date the revenue responsibility will fall under the direct control of Helen Bowen-Green, Commercial Director of NPMG and her management team.”

Steve Hollingsworth, publisher of Nottingham Post Media Group added:  “I have been pleased with the way the Topper and the team have integrated into the business since its purchase. S

“Steve’s departure gave us an opportunity to review the structure of the business and as a result it was decided not to replace the General Manager position and have instead recruited two additional sales reps.

“This combined with a more modern sales approach and Helen overseeing the operation, ensures that the Topper remains a strong product in our portfolio.”


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  • April 10, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    There’s only one Stevie Allsopp, one Steevie Allsopp!!

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  • April 10, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    To borrow essence of famous quote from Harold Samuel, (later Baron Samuel of Wych Cross) it’s all about Local World, Local World, Local World. When the Topper was set up by entrepreneur Lionel Pickering in 1994 as largest circulation free outside the capital – his number one target was the Nottingham Post. The big players – and they don’t come much bigger than the Northcliffe-Iliffe amalgam – are not interested in free spirits, merely protecting their prized cows. For Pickering the Topper was a second bite at former T Bailey Forman stable – he’d already had very successful Nottingham Trader, launched by me on March 10, 1982 and sold on to Thomsons in 1989. To all the Stevie Allsopps in publishing we salute you.

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