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Weekly to cease print publication as publisher considers sister titles’ merger

A regional publisher is to cease publication of a weekly newspaper as it considers the merger of two nearby sister titles.

Newsquest has confirmed it will be taking the Prestwich & Whitefield Guide online only, with the last printed issue of the paper due to come out on 4 December.

The company is also considering merging the Sale & Altrincham Messenger and the Stretford & Urmston Messenger following a strategic review.

Staff at the Guide are based at Newsquest’s Bolton office, and no roles are affected by the print edition’s closure.

Stretford Messenger

Content relevant to Prestwich and Whitefield will continue to appear in the Bury Times.

A Newsquest spokesman said: “Following a strategic review, the Prestwich & Whitefield Guide will continue as a digital edition only from 4 December.

“All Prestwich & Whitefield related content will continue to be included within the print edition of the Bury Times and no positions are affected.

“A proposal to merge the Sale & Altrincham and Stretford & Urmston Messenger remains under consideration.”


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  • November 29, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Hold your horses… Didn’t a senior Newsquest executive tell fellow editors that the company’s “big innovation” is print? And it was only a couple of weeks ago that he said it!

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  • November 29, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Newsquest at it again, another title closure announced on the back of a series of closures last week,
    Rather than investing in the publicatikns themselves or the quality of staff in the business it seems they’re hell bent on reducing the number of titles in their rapidly dwindling portfolio to fit the number of staff left in the company.
    I wouldn’t make any long term plans if I were you NQ staff as I very much doubt the ‘ localised’ closures have ended

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