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Lack of ad revenue cited as weekly announces closure

A weekly newspaper has announced its closure – citing a lack of advertising revenue during the coronavirus crisis.

Tindle weekly the County Border News, which covers Westerham, Bromley, and the Tandridge District, has been published for the final time after almost 40 years in business.

HTFP reported earlier this month how the Glamorgan Gem, another Tindle title, had closed with the loss of five editorial roles.

The company has yet to reveal how many jobs are at risk as a result of the County Border News’s closure, but three editorial staff are listed on its website.


In a farewell message to readers, editor Joshua Minchin wrote: “It is with regret that we have to inform you that the County Border News has published for the final time.

“The Covid-19 crisis has had a huge impact on so many sectors, with the newspaper industry no different.

“With businesses understandably not advertising with the paper over the past few months, covering our costs has been difficult, and the decision has been taken not to resume publishing.

“The County Border News has been part of life in Westerham, Bromley, and the Tandridge District for a long time, and we would like to thank every single community that has contributed to the paper over the years.

“But most importantly, we would like to thank you, our readers, for supporting your local paper for so long. We have been honoured to tell your stories and we are proud to have been the primary news source for so many Bromley, Tandridge, and Westerham residents.

“Thank you and goodbye, from all the team at the County Border News.”

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