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Weekly to continue for at least two years after community takeover

A weekly newspaper which was threatened with closure will continue for at least two years after being taken over by a community group.

Muckle Toon Media has officially taken over the Eskdale & Liddesdale Advertiser from the CN Group, after the latter sought a “community benefactor” to take the title of its hands.

CN said the title had not been in profit “for some time” and three members of staff were placed at risk of redundancy just before Christmas.

However, after the paper was put up for sale for a nominal amount, Langholm-based Muckle Toon came forward.

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According to ITV Borders, the Community Interest Company says it will be able to run the newspaper for at least another two years, with CN continuing to provide printing and publishing support.

David Stevenson, from Muckle Toon, said: “Local newspapers are the lifeblood of rural communities and with the problems which Langholm has experienced in recent years, it is important that the E&L continues to champion its regeneration, support its residents and businesses who make it such a special place to live and work.

“After 168 years of existence, it would have been a shame to have let the title go quietly.”

Miller Hogg, chief executive of CN Group said, “I am delighted to have achieved this outcome for the E&L newspaper, its staff and the community it serves.

“I believe strongly in community media and where possible, if not viable in the hands of bigger publishers, then local community trusts should be sought before any closure is instigated.

“I am pleased that the town of Langholm and the surrounding villages of the Eskdale and Liddesdale valleys will continue to have a championing newspaper to support its efforts and to report on its community activities and news”.


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  • May 4, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Well done Miller, David and CN. This has to be the way forward for smaller titles and hopefully the big groups will pass titles on rather than just closing them.

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  • May 4, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Great news and good to see a recognition that communities deserve to be served by local media, even if the organisation itself cannot find a way to make it work.

    I remember suggesting a TM title should be handed over/partnered with an independent hyperlocal a few years ago. The silence was deafening. Even if it isn’t giving over entire titles to other groups, surely there’s a way local papers can work with those who are filling the gaps they’re no longer able to afford to fill?

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