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Sister dailies to quit home of 52 years for new city centre base

Three sister newspapers are set to leave their home of 52 years for a new city centre base.

NCJ Media, which runs Newcastle-based dailies The Chronicle and The Journal, as well as the Sunday Sun, will bid farewell to Thomson House in early 2018.

The Trinity-Mirror owned company will head for new headquarters at Eldon Square, less than half a mile away in Newcastle city centre.

The company says the move ensures that it will remain “in the heart of Newcastle city centre”, where it has been based since The Journal was first published in 1832.

Thomson House, current home of NCJ Media

Thomson House, current home of NCJ Media

Trinity Mirror North East managing director Robert Cuffe said: “This is a fantastic move for our business, locating us right in the heart of the city and in an iconic location.

“Having been part of North East life since 1832, when The Journal was first published, this move is a hugely positive development, keeping us right at the heart of our region.

“Pleasingly, colleagues are delighted by the news, and we look forward to moving into our new premises with great excitement.”

The move comes after the Press Association announced last October it would be ceasing its journalism training centre at the Thomson House site, on Newcastle’s Groat Market, after TM ended its lease there.

The centre’s closure also brought to an end an agreement between PA and Trinity Mirror which saw the former provide training for the latter’s national and regional journalists.

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  • August 16, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Another excellent move following the Sheffield Star example. For genuine business reasons, city centres are where these papers belong.

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