The Oldham Chronicle ceased publication on 31 August after its parent company, Hirst, Kidde and Rennie, went into administration.
But in a fresh twist, it has today emerged that Oldham-based radio station Revolution 96.2 has launched a bid to bring back the 163-year title.
The independent station, which has served the Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside areas since 1999, says it is in “advanced talks” with administrators Paul Flint and Jonathan Marston of KPMG to purchase the newspaper:.
Announcing the closure last month, the adminstrators said that attempts to find a buyer for the paper would continue although these had so far proved unsuccessful.
Matt Ramsbottom, managing director of Revolution 96.2, said: “We believe there is still a lot of love for the Oldham Chronicle, not just from the thousands of people who read it every day.”
“Oldham has a very strong local business community that also understood the Oldham Chronicle was at the heart of that community.”
The move has already won the backing of local MP Jim McMahon. He said: “It’s massive strength was that it was of the town and of its people and whoever takes it over has got to make sure that that local community connection is at the heart of any bid going forward.”
Noel Mahon, managing director of Royton based company PJR Windows, added: “We’ve benefitted from a relationship with The Chron which stretches back over 20-years. We would really welcome Revolution 96.2 being successful in their rescue bid as they are an Oldham based company, already heavily associated with our community and most importantly, able to offer local jobs to local people.”
Newsquest has recruited four Oldham-based journalists to work on the new title, at least one of whom is thought to have been a former Chronicle staffer.