The Ilford Recorder is set to quit its current Media House home on High Road, Ilford, in the New Year, with staff set to be based at a new office in Barking alongside sister title the Barking and Dagenham Post.
The move to Maritime House, Barking, which is around 2.5 miles away, will see Ilford Recorder reporters working once a week from Redbridge Central Library at designated times, after discussions between the newspaper and Redbridge Borough Council.
Other “hot desking” sites on the patch are also being sought for Recorder journalists to work from.
The move was announced in a piece on page two of Thursday’s edition by Chris Carter, who has edited the paper for 20 years.
Chris, pictured above left, moved to reassure readers that the move would not mean the Recorder “will not have a presence in Redbridge, far from it”.
He added: “The march of technology means reporters can work remotely from almost anywhere, so, besides having a presence in Ilford, we are actively exploring hot desking sites in other areas of the borough.
“As the only quality newspaper to cover the whole of Redbridge, the Recorder will remain at its heart, supporting and campaigning for the community which we have served for 118 years.
“We will continue to champion causes and charities such as our Christmas appeal for the Indigo project run by Barnardo’s Barkingside and campaign on issues dear to people’s hearts.
“That is in our DNA – our first big appeal was in the 1930s when we raised money for the building of the old King George Hospital in Newbury Park. And nothing has changed during the years that have passed.”
The move to Barking is set to take place on 9 and 10 January.