A weekly newspaper has been closed by a regional publisher after 20 years in business – with six jobs believed to be at risk as a result.
The Wharf’s future had been in question since August 2017, when Reach forerunner Trinity Mirror admitted it was “being reviewed”.
It is understood a total of six editorial and advertising jobs are at risk as a result of its closure.
Associate editor Jon Massey had been running The Wharf since September 2017, following the departure of editor Giles Broadbent the same month.
Toby posted on Twitter yesterday: “Sad to hear [The Wharf] folded just before Christmas after 20 years – great memories of launching the paper, having my first editorship and winning Newspaper of the Year in 2002.”
The paper was based at Reach’s headquarters in One Canada Square, at the heart of its Canary Wharf and Docklands patch.
A Reach plc spokesman said: “Due to challenging market conditions including Brexit, decreasing property revenues and the delay of Crossrail, Reach plc can regrettably confirm the final issue of The Wharf was published on Thursday 20 December.
“Reach plc have worked hard to secure the future of the publication, gaining investment from Canary Wharf Group, as well as new business from the sales and commercial team, however unfortunately there is still no viable route toward profitability.”