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Publisher axes two district editions of regional daily

Two district editions of a regional daily have been scrapped by its publisher in a move which leaves a town without a dedicated daily title for the first time since 1895.

Reach plc has confirmed both the Nuneaton and Warwickshire editions of the Coventry Telegraph have ceased publication in order to “simplify” the newspaper’s structure.

The Telegraph had been the only dedicated daily title for Nuneaton since Reach forerunner Trinity Mirror took the Nuneaton News weekly in 2016.

However, Reach has pledged to continue publishing news from both Nuneaton and wider Warwickshire in the remaining Coventry edition of the paper.

Warwickshire Telegraph

The Telegraph’s masthead now advertises “all the latest news from Coventry, Nuneaton and Warwickshire”.

A Reach spokeswoman told HTFP: “While we have simplified the edition structure of the Telegraph series, all the news from Nuneaton and Warwickshire will continue to be published in the main edition and we have redesigned the masthead to signal to readers from across the patch that the Telegraph is the place to go for their daily fix of local news and sport.

“We will continue to have dedicated journalists working in those areas, for example the legendary Claire Harrison in Nuneaton.”

Nuneaton had previously had a dedicated daily title since the foundation of the now-defunct Nuneaton Evening Tribune in 1895.

When it went weekly in 1992, the Heartland Evening News was launched as a new daily title, being renamed the Nuneaton News in 2009.

The latest move, which came into effect on 28 March, marks a departure from a recent strategy by Reach of launching or reviving district editions on some of its regional dailies.

Last year the group launched a South Tyneside and Durham edition of Newcastle daily The Chronicle, as well as a Northumberland edition of The Journal and a Newport edition of the Cardiff-based Western Mail.

The launch of a Wigan edition of the Manchester Evening News also sparked a cover price war with JPIMedia daily the Wigan Post, with the latter ultimately taking the decision to go weekly.