A new weekly newspaper has launched as scheduled despite the coronavirus outbreak with a print run of 65,000.
The team, all currently working from home as the coronavirus lockdown continues, include content creators Nikki Belso, Ellen Grindley, Dave Thomas and Tim Herbert.
Jim described the launch as a “massive achievement” with the fast-moving coronavirus situation meaning changes to the first edition were still being made literally as the paper was going to print.
The first edition of the paper had a print run of 65,000 but it will have a regular print run of 20,000 copies going forward.
Said Jim: “To launch the newspaper was a massive achievement. Starting a new print product in the industry at the moment is a challenge in itself but to do just that amid the biggest crisis the country has seen since the Second World War was fantastic.
“I’d like to thank our editorial production teams, working from their dining room tables and spare bedrooms, for helping us get this exciting new product completed on schedule.”
HTFP reported in February how the Weekly had poached Herald Express chief sportswriter Dave Thomas after 47 years with the paper.
Commercial staff working on the title include Rachel King, Kim Risdon, Clare Essam and Andy Sexton, while former Reach and Local World executive Chris Coward has overseeing launch along with fellow director Chris Wills.