A town whose weekly newspaper was recently axed as part of a series of cutbacks by Trinity Mirror is to get a brand new title in the New Year.
The Wokingham Times was one of three papers closed by the regional publisher this month as part of the move towards a digital-only operation in Berkshire.
It left the Wokingham News, owned by the Berkshire Media Group, as the only remaining title in the town.
But Phil Creighton, a former features editor of the Times, has now announced plans for another weekly paper for the town to be called the Wokingham Independent.
The new newspaper will be produced by an independent company, Xn Media, which already produces a glossy monthly magazine for the area called Xn currently edited by Phil.
A launch date has yet to be finalised, but Xn decided to go public with its plans to “reassure the public” after the Times’ final edition was published last week.
Said Phil: “Wokingham is a wonderful town with a host of impressive community events that bring people together. For it not to have its very own newspaper is unthinkable.
“We’ve spoken to a lot of people and they are distraught at the closure of the Wokingham Times, so it’s a pleasure to step in.
“Our plans will not be revolutionary. It will not be new and improved. It will not be chasing digital clicks by producing listicles and online quizzes. Instead, we promise a right riveting read that helps bring the community together and hold the powers that be to account.
“We’ll announce more plans in January, but we want to reassure people ahead of Christmas that something exciting is in the works.”
The announcement led to the loss of 26 roles at the Berkshire titles although 12 new ones are being created.