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Editor hails ‘massive’ online boost after paper’s switch from weekly to daily

The editor of the UK’s newest daily newspaper says its switch in publication frequency has also given the title a “massive boost” online.

Steve Thompson has praised the team behind the former weekly the Oldham Times, which relaunched as a daily title on 4 January.

The Times team includes chief reporter Nick Jackson, crime and court reporter Chris Jaffray and general news reporter Imogen Clyde-Smith.

In addition, Oxford Mail health reporter Erin Lyons will also be joining the newsdesk at the Times as audience and content editor.

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Discussing the paper’s first fortnight in operation as a daily, editor Steve Thompson told HTFP: “The new Oldham team has done a fantastic job in the first two weeks of our daily operation.

“It has been a big challenge shifting from a weekly to a daily operation but chief reporter Nick Jackson has done a superb job leading the new team.

“The paper has been really well received and the move to a daily title has also given a massive boost to the title’s online audience.

“We’ve also been really lucky to have Ken Bennett on board for the launch.

“He’s a hugely experienced reporter and has been freelancing for the Times for a good while now. He’s our eyes and ears in Oldham and really helps us connect with the readers.”

Times owner Newsquest has also made a number of recent appointments at its other daily titles in the North-West of England.

Sophie May-Clarke has been made chief reporter at the Lancashire Telegraph, while Amy Farnworth is taking on a senior digital reporter role covering breaking news across the wider Lancashire patch.

Peter Magill has also been named as audience and content editor for the Bolton News.