A weekly newspaper revived two-and-a-half years ago has closed 15 months after its ownership changed hands in a management buyout.
Capital Media has announced the closure of the Westminster & Pimlico News, which is part of the London Weekly News group of newspapers, in a move which also sees the company dispense with the services of a team of freelance contributors.
Capital has claimed the fact that free distribution in Westminster is “extremely difficult”, adding that it had decided to concentrate its efforts on its other Weekly News titles – the Kensington & Chelsea News, Fulham Chronicle, Hammersmith Chronicle and Shepherd’s Bush Chronicle.
The company has also announced the editorial operation of the Weekly News will move to the office of the South London Press, with news editor Geoff Baker, a freelance, among those to lose their job as a result.
The Westminster & Pimlico News was first established in 1857 and was revived as a brand, along with the Kensington and Chelsea News, by Tindle Newspapers in November 2014.
Tindle later sold the titles, along with several others in London and Dorset, to Capital in January 2016.
Capital chief executive Philip Evans said: “I can confirm that we have reluctantly taken the decision to close the Westminster News, part of the London Weekly News Group.
“Free distribution in this part of London is extremely difficult and it was not cost efficient to continue delivering in this area.
“The advertising market in central London is particularly challenging and we have decided to concentrate our efforts on our other titles, the Kensington & Chelsea News , Fulham Chronicle, Hammersmith Chronicle and Shepher’s Bush Chronicle, which are hugely popular with readers and where we get excellent support from advertisers and the local councils.
“At the same time we have decided to move our editorial operation for the London Weekly News into our South London Press office which has resulted in dispensing with the services of a team of freelances, including Geoff Baker who has done and brilliant job since the launch of the titles in November 2014.”