An independent publisher has launched a new paid-for weekly title aimed at people who “no longer feel they have time” for a daily newspaper.
Four jobs have been created as a result of the launch, with the new paper due to be sold through retailers and postal home delivery at a cover price of £2.50.
Said Thom: “We are thrilled to be producing a magazine that shines a light on life in Shropshire, and that readers will find useful, exciting, bold and appealing. It has people at its heart, and we want readers to share their experiences, stories and recommendations about life in our county.
“Shropshire Weekly is like nothing else that exists at the moment, and will provide a fresh new voice for local people. We are all hugely excited to be playing a part in the launch of a publication representing this great county.
“We are going to be looking at the country’s food scene, the great outdoors, its sporting endeavours plus cultural life. We will cover stories, debate issues, and look at the best experiences Shropshire has to offer.”
Michelle Dalton and Nick Humphrey have also been recruited as full-time editorial staff alongside Thom and Nathan, and the team will report to Shropshire Star editor Martin Wright.
Regular contributors and columnists for Shropshire Weekly will include BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Hawkins, Michelle Owen, from Sky Sports, and John Hughes, of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.
Martin said: “In the current publishing climate, launching a new magazine is a brave move but is one that shows we are committed to the print industry. We hope that everyone in the county of Shropshire will join us and share their experiences.”
MNA print managing director Graeme Clifford added: “The MNA is committed to print and this product will showcase the very best of Shropshire.
“We hope Shropshire Weekly will appeal to local people, particularly those who no longer feel they have the time for a daily newspaper, and we look forward to helping it to grow.”
James Pugh has replaced Thom as the Star’s business editor.