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‘Devastated’ editor leaves company as Sunday newspaper goes midweek

Sarah Cox headshotThe departing editor of a Sunday newspaper which is set to become a free midweek title has described the decision as “unfathomable.”

Sarah Cox, left, says she and staff at Bedfordshire on Sunday are “devastated” at Trinity Mirror’s announcement, which will also see three weekly titles in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk close.

TM declined to confirm the number of jobs affected by the changes when approached by HTFP, but Sarah has confirmed she is stepping down from her role after three years.

Trinity Mirror is currently recruiting two community content creators to join a team putting together the new title, which it is provisionally calling ‘Bedfordshire Midweek’.

Posting on her personal Twitter account, Sarah said: “Many thanks for emails and messages regarding my departure from BoS. I will miss it very much, but time for a new challenge.”

She added: “Goes without saying my team and I are devastated about closure of [BoS]. Unfathomable. We need a strong local press more than ever.”

Sarah Cox tweets

The publication date switch, which will also coincide with the closure of the Bedfordshire on Sunday website, is set to take place in early October.

The newspaper was originally founded in 1977 by Frank Branston, who went on to become the Mayor of Bedford.

On his election to the role, Mr Branston sold the paper along with its stablemate Luton on Sunday to Iliffe News and Media, which was later merged into Local World.

It became part of Trinity Mirror following the group’s takeover of Local World in 2015.

TM has announced that the Ely News, Haverhill News and Newmarket News – which are run as part of the daily Cambridge News’s operation – will also close at the end of September.

Simon Edgley, Trinity Mirror’s regional managing director for the South East and Central & East, has previously said. “These decisions are never easy to make but they are necessary if we are to maintain a viable commercial operation with the opportunity to invest in the growth of our remaining news brands.

“I fully appreciate this announcement will be unsettling for those involved and we will do everything that we can in order to provide affected colleagues with the appropriate support throughout the consultation process.”


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  • September 4, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Finally an editor honest enough to tell it how it is. Devastating.

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  • September 4, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Saddened journo best me to it
    Yes how refreshing and honest for one of the many editors who’ve been unceremoniously ‘given the boot’ to say it how it is rather than pretend they’ve decided to move on to ‘ new opportunities’

    If more showed as much honesty as Sarah then those doing the cost savings would be seen for what they really are
    Good wishes to sarah on her new life in the real world

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  • September 4, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Really! They are going to name it after a failed project that Illiffe already tried in 2012.

    Why in this industry do we always have people at the top with no clue who can never look at the past. I’m sure a few of you out there recognise the cycle of the same failed ideas over and over again so they can look like they know what they’re doing.

    As far as I’m being told this highly regarded paper was doing ok still so why kill it with this stupidity!?!

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  • September 4, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Tell you what, it’s bloody refreshing to hear a departing editor be so frank and honest about the situation.

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  • September 4, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Just for the record, sacked editors tend not to speak out due to the financial gun held to their head.
    It’s a gagging clause which Trinity Mirror would be stupid to enforce – but you wouldn’t want to risk your redundo to test the theory.
    I didn’t, anyway.

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