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Growing hyperlocal network announces launch of 50th new site

Lottie-Welch-241x300A fast-growing hyperlocal news network has launched its 50th new site with plans for a further six in the same county.

Bridport in Dorset becomes the latest town to have its own Nub News site, with plans for similar outlets in Dorchester, Blandford,  Gillingham, Swanage, Wareham and Wimborne.

Since launching its first site in January 2019, Nub News has recruited 35 journalists and still wants to hear from any, particularly in Dorset, who are interested in joining the expanding operation.

It currently operates in Cheshire, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Devon, Essex, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Somerset, South West London, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Warwickshire and Wales with eventual plans for 700 sites nationwide.

Chief executive Karl Hancock told Dorset Biz News:  “We’ve had our eyes on Dorset for a long time. Bridport is full of news and crying out for the type of service we can provide.

“Other towns in Dorset, such as Blandford, Dorchester, Gillingham, Swanage, Wareham and Wimborne are on our list as well.

“We provide all the staples of a good local newspaper. That includes local news, community news, what’s on, local business listings, classifieds, jobs, property and obituaries.

“It’s a pleasant read with no annoying ads, pop-ups or surveys. I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve reached our 50th online newspaper and that it’s in Dorset.”

Nub News says it is targeting communities which it says have been neglected by existing news providers, although regional publisher Newsquest already has a weekly title in Bridport, the Bridport & Lyme Regis News.

Lottie Welch, pictured, who previously worked for the News, has joined the Nub News operation as regional editor (Dorset) and will oversee the new site.

Said Lottie: “I’m really excited to be joining the Nub News team as the brand rolls out across the country. Bridport is Nub News’ 50th online newspaper and I can’t wait to get back into community reporting.

“I’ve lived in Bridport nearly all my life and am looking forward to sharing local people’s stories and being at the ‘nub of the matter.'”