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Weekly leaves home of 89 years for new office

A weekly newspaper is set to leave its home of 89 years today as it moves to a new base in the town.

The Doncaster Free Press has been based at offices in Sunny Bar since it was founded in 1925 but will move to a new office in the town centre today.

The newspaper is moving to a new home on Printing Office Street in Doncaster after producing more than 4,500 editions of the paper from its current base.

Other sister titles which are now based at the offices include the South Yorkshire Times and the Epworth Bells.

The new office of the Doncaster Free Press.

It is the latest Johnston Press title to move offices under a review of its property portfolio as it seeks to ensure its offices are “fit for purpose”.

The Free Press told readers that its current building, which was constructed in 1902, “has seen better days” and the new office was “ready for a new digital age of newspapers”.

A story about the office move in this week’s paper said: “On Friday, we will wave farewell to our distinctive red-brick building opposite the Corn Exchange for a short hop across town centre to a brand new home on the corner of Printing Office Street and Cleveland Street, which opens for business from Monday.

“We’ll be sad to leave our home where more than 4,500 editions of the paper have been put together by our editorial and advertising teams over the decades – but the building, constructed in 1902 has seen better days and our new offices, right next door to the Old Angel pub, are clean, modern and spacious – ready for a new digital age of newspapers.”

The title was founded by printer Dickie Crowther and first hit the streets on 18 June 1925 under the title Doncaster Free Press and Courier of Coming Events.

There have been just eight editors since it was founded, with Chris Burton becoming group editor of the Free Press and its sister titles in October, following the departure of Graeme Huston, who took the helm at the Derbyshire Times.

The paper's old base at Sunny Bar


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  • January 24, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Oh look. A newspaper that hasn’t decided to work from the sofa/Starbucks.

    ***raises head from desk, applies new lippy, and smiles***

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  • January 24, 2014 at 9:14 am

    A good shop window for product promotion and a central location. Public awareness is important to retain readers and hopefully gain more. Whether digital or print is the readers’ preference, knowing where it is produced is a plus. It’s akin to free advertising. Vans are no longer seen with livery delivering papers, so it is important to enhance brand identity in the town. Looks like a good move to me. Hope the staff enjoy it.

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  • January 24, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Yes, and it’s relocating to PRINTING Office Street. Maybe there’s still some hope for newsprint after all.

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