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Two new editions of weekly to be launched as sister title closes

A weekly newspaper is set to launch two new editions in a move which will also see its sister title cease publication.

Newsquest has announced the closure of the Epsom Guardian, with its final edition being published yesterday.

An Epsom edition of the Surrey Comet will launch in its place on Thursday, alongside another new edition of the Comet serving the Kingston upon Thames area.

The Guardian had previously been part of the South London Guardian series, which still publishes editions serving Croydon, Sutton, Wandsworth and Wimbledon.

Epsom Guardian

A Kingston edition of the Guardian was also previously published by Newsquest, but closed in 2016.

A Newsquest spokesman said: “We are pleased to announce that we are relaunching the Epsom Guardian as the Epsom Comet on 27 September.

“The change is to align the title with the historic Surrey Comet which first published in 1854.

“The Comet series will also see a new edition for the Kingston area and we are very excited to be adding these publications to our portfolio.”


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  • September 21, 2018 at 11:26 am

    I grew up in Epsom and often have a quick flick through the Guardian when I visit my folks. Not knocking the individual staff who work there, but none of the editions I’ve read were going to set the journalistic world on fire – mostly recycled PR content and submitted pics with very little original or community focused stuff. Maybe having a minimally-staffed office based several miles off-patch isn’t the best idea after all.

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  • September 21, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    @Jimbledon I think most local newspapers – the Maidenhead Advertiser being one exception – are like that. One particular ‘genre’ of story – the human interest story seems completely devoid of attention. But, that’s perhaps not surprising as you have to work for those don’t you. They don’t grow on press release trees.

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  • September 22, 2018 at 7:39 am

    Looks to be a positive change, good luck to the team there who are trying to improve the publication in testing times.

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