Trinity Mirror is hoping to fill the void left by an axed newspaper by expanding a neighbouring weekly’s coverage.
The Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle published its last edition today with the move, as previously reported in HTFP, putting up to 15 jobs at risk of redundancy.
A spokesman for the publisher said it is now set to expand and rebrand the Ealing Gazette in areas previously served by the Chronicle.
In a message to its readers the Chronicle said today: “From next week we will be re-launching the Fulham Gazette, serving Fulham and Hammersmith as before but now also the boroughs Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.
“Following a business review of the Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle series, with its three editions, it is with regret that we can no longer sustain this title.
“After 126 years, it is with great sadness that our final edition will roll off the presses for the last time today. The good news is we will be re-launching the Fulham, Hammersmith, Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Gazette to accommodate our readers’ and advertisers’ needs.”
HTFP has previously reported how staff at the axed paper’s West London sister titles are to be moved from their current base at Uxbridge as the lease on the building is expiring and relocated to the company’s offices in Watford, north of the capital.
Trinity Mirror Southern said in an original statement: “Following a recent review of the portfolio in West London it has become clear that some areas of the business have become unsustainable.
“As a result the company is proposing to close the Hammersmith and Fulham Chronicle Series. The final edition will be published on Friday 25 April.
“Additionally, once the lease expires at the Uxbridge premises the office function and staff will be relocated to the Watford site. The company will also support remote working and relocation to other Trinity Mirror Southern offices where practical.
“Regrettably, these proposals mean that 15 roles are now at risk of redundancy.”
The Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle became notable in recent years for fighting a long-running and ultimately successful battle with Hammersmith and Fulham Council over its fortnightly paper H&F News.
In 2010, the paper launched its ‘Proper Papers Not Propaganda’ campaign against the council’s publication, saying it was designed to look like an independent newspaper but was written by spin doctors.
However peace broke out between the paper and the council after the H&F News ceased publication in April 2011 following the Coalition’s clampdown on ‘town hall Pravdas.’
The Chronicle signed what was originally envisaged as a six-year deal with the authority to publish public notices and other adverts in the paper.