Publication of an historic regional press title which was revived last year has been suspended while a review is held into its future.
The Despatch was launched as a weekly eight months ago, its name taken from the daily Northern Despatch which last published in the 1980s.
However publisher Newsquest has now confirmed that publication of the Darlington-based title has now been suspended.
A review of the title, which was mainly distributed free but also available on sale at 30p from retailers, is set to be held over the summer.
Editor Andy Richardson told HTFP: “Publication of the Despatch has been suspended over the summer while we undertake a review.”
As well as Darlington, the Echo covers a number of other towns including Bishop Auckland, Spennymoor, Newton Aycliffe and Willington.
At the time of its launch, the Echo said the Despatch would be a “very community-focused” and “bright, modern-looking” paper.
It was delivered to thousands of homes across Darlington and the Wear Valley and will also be available for free from specific targeted locations.