A regional daily is to lose its standalone website from Monday, with readers being redirected to its sister title’s online platform instead.
Announcing the move, Trinity Mirror pointed to the fact The Chronicle’s website had achieved around 25 times more traffic than The Journal’s during June.
The Journal has been without a separate title editor since Brian Aitkin’s departure before Christmas, with Chronicle editor Darren Thwaites now in overall control of both papers as editor-in-chief of Trinity Mirror’s North East titles.
Said Darren: “The time has come to add the weight of both our daily newspaper brands to the massive scale and strength of ChronicleLive.
“It means we can accelerate our position as the North East’s leading regional news, sport and entertainment provider, covering more subjects across a wider geography.
“We’ll no longer be competing against ourselves. Instead, we’ll be bringing the biggest possible audience to all our stories using the massive search and social strength of a single supersite.”
The addition of The Journal’s patch means that from Monday, ChronicleLive will include news from around the North East rather than focusing mainly on Newscastle.
It will now cover a patch from the Scottish border to Teesside, through Northumberland, Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham.
ChronicleLive will also include a business channel for the first time, run by The Journal’s business team headed by Graeme Whitfield.
The Journal’s own website will continue to exist solely as an archive.