A weekly newspaper is set to make the unusual move of switching from a tabloid to a broadsheet title as part of an upcoming relaunch.
The Eastbourne Gazette is currently published as a compact-sized paper but has told its readers it will become a “quality weekly broadsheet title”.
The Gazette’s last revamp took place in 2012 when regional publisher Johnston Press relaunched all its newspapers with its new templated designs.
At the time, most JP titles which were broadsheets were switched to a compact size, with the exception of the Yorkshire Post which retained its historic broadsheet format.
Editor-in-chief Gary Shipton told Gazette readers this week that the new-look paper would launch “very soon”.
The title will also see it adopt a new masthead in a more old-fashioned style.
He wrote: “The Eastbourne Gazette has been reporting your news since 1859. Now it is making the news.
“As your champion, fighting for Eastbourne and the surrounding towns, we have always sought to offer a superb community service. Now we intend to be even better.
“We are relaunching the Gazette as a premier, quality weekly broadsheet title – packed with even more news, features and information. This new-look Gazette will launch very soon.
“This decision was reached after listening to what you the reader said you wanted. I truly believe that these exciting changes to your Gazette underline our commitment to you the reader and the communities we serve – with quality and value at the heart of this new enterprise.”