A weekly free newspaper founded four years ago has been bought by regional publishing giant Johnston Press.
JP has concluded a deal to buy the Brighton & Hove Independent, which claims a weekly print circulation of 13,005 copies.
Johnston Press South MD Karl Dimmock will assume responsibility for the business, with the region’s group editor Gary Shipton overseeing editorial.
There are no planned changes to staffing on the Independent, which is now added to a stable of 32 other JP-owned titles in the region.
In a story announcing the purchase, Ashley Highfield, JP chief executive, said: “The Brighton & Hove Independent perfectly complements our portfolio on the south coast. It’s a great title with a superb reputation with both readers and advertisers.
“We are very pleased to welcome this well-respected newspaper and website to our stable as we further our efforts to expand our reach in the area.
“It’s a small but terrific team – who produce an excellent newspaper and website – and we’re very happy to have them on board.”
Mark Ansell, founder and managing director of Brighton & Hove Independent, added: “It’s a landmark day for us. We started Brighton & Hove Independent with an ambition to change the media landscape, to do things differently.
“More than ever before, we will be able to serve our city and its residents; there are many voices we have not yet heard, many stones left unturned.
“Being part of Johnston Press will allow Brighton & Hove Independent to fast-track growth, to provide even more comprehensive coverage for the city, and to go from strength to strength.”
There is also the web-only Brighton and Hove News, run by former Argus deputy editor Frank LeDuc, while Worthing Journal editor Paul Holden has also spoken of plans to launch a sister paper in the city.