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New weekly launches in town whose newspaper was axed last week

An independent publisher has launched a new title in an area which lost its local newspaper last week after 147 years.

Independent newspaper publisher Chronicle Publications Ltd has brought out the Epworth Times for the first time today, following the closure of JPIMedia’s Epworth Bells last week.

Chronicle Publications already publishes the Goole Times and Selby Times, and the new title will initially be produced by existing staff.

However, HTFP understands that if the launch goes well, it may lead to the creation of additional jobs within a few months.

Epworth Times


The launch by Chronicle Publications is the second time in recent weeks that an independent publisher has stepped in to replace a title previously axed by JPIMedia.

Following the closure of The Buteman last month, independent publisher Argyll Media Ltd has launched the Isle of Bute News to serve the island.

Editor Jane Rogers said: “The Epworth Times is being launched today in direct response to the need for a local weekly newspaper in the Epworth and Crowle area.

“The Goole Times already covers Crowle, so the launch of the Epworth Times is simply an expansion of our existing news patch.

“The current climate doesn’t often favour print titles, but we are determined to work hard to ensure that this new title is as successful as it can be.

“We are aware many titles are closing nationally, but we hope to build on our successes in Goole and Selby with this new title. We really want to become a part of the local community.”

The Bells, first published in 1872, was one of 13 JPIMedia titles to have ceased publication in recent weeks, including The Buteman, which served the Scottish Isle of Bute.

The Times will cover as far north as Garthorpe and as far south as Haxey, coming out every Thursday with a cover price of 70p.

Jane added: “The Epworth Times will feature dedicated news pages to Epworth, Crowle, Haxey, Keadby, Belton and the surrounding areas.

“We hope to build on the success of today’s launch edition, and bring our new readers even more news and local coverage in the weeks to come.”


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  • July 4, 2019 at 9:57 am

    Congratulations Chronicle Publications. We will be seeing a lot more of this – wherever there is a JPI/Reach local weekly, there is an opportunity for an independent publisher.

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  • July 4, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    JPI are driving their weeklies into the ground with gross understaffing, not having staff photographers, UGC, off site offices and worst of all reams of ‘generic’ pages containing non-local rubbish. I believe they want as many to close as possible. Independent publishers and savvy businessmen be on standby! Or just jump in now for an easy victory

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  • July 4, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    My very best wishes to them for a successful launch and in building their audience, this is just what communities, I’ll served by the bigger groups, both want and need.
    Launches such as this are the future of local news and are happening all over the uk and where I am in the east there are some superb independent weekly papers filling the gap left by the ‘digital buck chasers’ who can no longer compete with new print competitor papers.
    Good luck to all concerned,

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  • July 4, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    best of luck to all. a little more imagination needed with splash pic. picture of blurred car passing sign would make the point better. Always good to see a new paper launched.

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