The Belper News, Ilkeston Advertiser and Ripley and Heanor News all moved from around 50 pages to more than 100 in a mini-relaunch last week that also saw their publication day move from Thursday to Wednesday.
The change is being accompanied by a significant price hike, with the three titles now priced £1.15. Previously their cover prices ranged between 75p and 80p.
Said Phil: “We’re more committed than ever to these publications and their communities. What we have done this week is increase the paginations and content for all of three of these papers, moving from around 50 pages each to over 100.
“All the papers published this week under their own mastheads, with the same amount of localised Belper, Ilkeston and Ripley news, community round-up, letters, sports and localised advertising.
“However, in addition we have increased the news sections to include more countywide stories, expanded the leisure and sports sections and stronger property and motors content.
“We’re fully committed to these papers and communities and will continue to innovate and find creative new solutions to reflect the changing needs of our market.”
A piece published on the Belper News’ newly-relaunched website last week also promises 12 pages of entertainment, lifestyle and leisure along with the expanded news coverage.
The three titles along with other JP Derbyshire weeklies are all produced by a single team of journalists based at the Derbyshire Times office in Chesterfield.