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Weekly staff in temporary move off-patch as search for new home continues

Weekly newspaper staff have moved to an office 15 miles away from the town they serve amid attempts to find them a new headquarters on patch.

The Harrogate Advertiser has relocated to JPIMedia’s Leeds office, although the regional publisher has stressed its intention to move staff back to their patch once an appropriate new base is found.

JPI revealed last month that it was examining its “space requirements” in Harrogate, as well as in Belfast, Peterborough, Sunderland and London’s Cavendish Square, as part of a review which could see the newsrooms affected merged or relocated.

HTFP understands the company is planning to relocate the Advertiser to a local co-working office in the centre of Harrogate, although no exact location or moving date has yet been named.

Harrogate town centre

Harrogate town centre

The paper was previously based at an office at Cardale Park, in the Yorkshire town, with six staff working there.

A JPI spokesman told HTFP: “We are reviewing the company’s property with the view of optimising our footprint.

“Certain offices will be relocated or consolidated with others. Office locations under review will be moved to alternative offices which better suit their needs, reducing expenditure and helping us to sustain jobs and titles.

“We are working closely to source an appropriate new office nearby for the Harrogate Advertiser along with all of its staff.

“We are communicating with staff throughout this process to keep them fully informed.”

Under the same review JPI confirmed to staff that it intends to keep its offices in Leeds, Edinburgh, Preston and Sheffield, as well as London’s Derry Street, where the i newspaper is based, and Stamford, where the company’s payroll department is based.


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  • February 26, 2019 at 8:37 am

    I don’t hold out much hope for them being able to return to the home town. How can you properly cover a “patch” 15 miles away.

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  • February 26, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Further to my previous comment – Are the management really saying/implying they could not find somewhere else in the Harrogate area. What they probably mean is that they weren’t prepared to shell out the money required. When readers find out that they are reading a paper that is compiled 15 miles away they will turn off in even greater numbers.

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  • February 26, 2019 at 6:36 pm

    wordsmith. that is exactly what happened on my patch. 8,000 down to about 2,000. same across the country, whichever group. Poor local news coverage equals fewer readers. It ain’t rocket science.

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