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Regional daily shuts city edition after 44 years in print

A city edition of a regional daily has ceased publication after 44 years – three months after its former publisher was taken over.

Newsquest has confirmed the closure of the Chester edition of The Leader, first launched as an evening title in 1973 before later moving to morning publication.

The move comes three months after the regional publisher took over the newspaper’s former owner, NWN Media.

Earlier this week HTFP revealed that Newsquest has launched a voluntary redundancy scheme for staff working on the former NWN Media titles, with all areas of the editorial department to be considered.

The Leader is based in Mold, and its Wrexham and Flintshire editions will continue to be published.

However the final Chester edition was published on 29 December, two days after Trinity Mirror shut neighbouring weekly the Ellesmere Port Pioneer.

The final edition of the Chester Leader

The final edition of the Chester Leader

Chester is still served by The Leader’s sister weekly, the Chester Standard, as well as TM’s Chester Chronicle.

Nick Fellows, managing director for Newsquest North West and North Wales, told the Chronicle: “Following a review of the group’s print publishing strategy, the Chester edition of the Leader series has now ceased publishing.

“However, The Leader will continue as a daily edition serving both Wrexham and bordering Flintshire markets.

“We will continue to provide local Chester related content via the Chester Standard – the area’s market leading publication with over 48,000 copies distributed across the city each week.”


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  • January 11, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Poor. The big groups elbowing out the smaller groups and for what?
    No interest in growing newspapers,growing audiences or fighting to win back revenue.

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  • January 11, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    By all accounts the sales figures for the Chester edition of the Leader were extremely low, down into the hundreds every day despite the size of the city.

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  • January 11, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Well that didn’t take long
    NQ move in then the fun starts; closure after closure, job cut after job cut, not a company for people with any kind of long term career plans is it?

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