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Weekly journalists move to sister daily’s HQ after office “decommissioned”

Weekly newspaper journalists have moved to the home of a sister daily after their office was “decommissioned”.

Staff at the North Norfolk News will now be based at the headquarters of the Eastern Daily Press after their Cromer office was closed.

HTFP reported in March how Cromer was one of five offices set to be closed by Archant across Norfolk, Suffolk and Hertfordshire.

The office, pictured, had also served as a district office for the EDP, which is headquartered more than 20 miles away in Norwich.

Cromer office

A piece announcing the move on the News’s website states it will make “every effort” to retain a presence on its patch.

The piece reads: “The North Norfolk News/Eastern Daily Press office in Church Street, Cromer, is now being decommissioned.

“The north Norfolk editorial team and advertising rep will now have their permanent base in Norwich, but will make every effort to be in the community as much as possible.

“Please address all post to: North Norfolk News, Prospect House, Rouen Rd, Norwich NR1 1RE.

Of the other offices that are closing, one is the office of the Diss Mercury in Diss while the other three are in as-yet-undisclosed locations in Suffolk and Hertfordshire.

At the time the plan was announced, Archant said retaining the affected offices, which are all due to close during 2019, “makes no sense commercially”.

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  • May 21, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    “..will make every effort to be in the community as much as possible”
    so,no dedicated reporter or ad rep based in the town and operating, presumably via email or the phone from a desk in a head office 20 miles away.
    Perhaps someone can enlighten me how ,according to the original announcement, this closure will; “…make titles and journalists more visible in our communities”?
    A step which must put this once popular, now ailing,title at risk of closure
    or ‘ being decommissioned’ as they prefer to call it in Archant speak.

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