A regional newspaper has changed its publication frequency for the third time in six years as a sister daily launches a new edition on its patch.
The Exeter Express & Echo’s Monday edition has ceased publication following the launch of the new Exeter edition of the Western Morning News.
The Express & Echo had been bi-weekly since February 2015, running Monday and Thursday editions, having switched from daily to weekly before that in 2011.
The last Monday edition of the Express & Echo was published on 6 March, while the first Exeter edition of the WMN came out on Monday.
Torquay Herald Express editor Jim Parker has also taken on the role of print editor for the Express & Echo, the North Devon Journal and the Mid Devon Gazette series, while Patrick Phelvin, who was previously editor of the Express & Echo and Gazette, is now editor of TM’s countywide Devon Live news website.
The site has replaced the online arms of the four newspapers now under Jim’s control.
In an announcement about the latest changes, Jim told readers the new-look Thursday Express & Echo would feature more news, puzzles, comment and analysis.
He said: “We’ve been putting a lot of thought and effort into producing a bigger and better weekly edition of the Express & Echo which will include the latest news, features and sport in addition to motors and property.
“I’m sure ‘Super Thursday’ will prove a hit with readers and develop over time to suit the expanding and exciting city that Exeter has become.”
Bill Martin, editor of the Plymouth-based WMN, added: ““We launched our new Devon-wide website, Devonlive.com, which is based in Exeter, last month, and we wanted to complement our offer in the city with a daily print product.
“With huge investment and a rising population, Exeter is generating a huge amount of news these days, it has a burgeoning business community and is becoming regionally more important.
“We think the city is worthy of its own edition of the Western Morning News, combined with our new website and a bumper edition of the Express & Echo.”