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Weekly publishes first compact edition after two centuries as broadsheet

A weekly newspaper has been published in a compact format for the first time after two centuries as a broadsheet.

The “remodelled” edition of the Cumberland News hist the streets for the first time on Friday.

HTFP reported on Thursday how the Cumberland News, first printed as the Carlisle Patriot in 1815, had decided to make the switch following a reader survey.

The new-look News has 112 pages and features an increase in district news and local lifestyle content, although “unprecedented rising printing costs” have resulted in its cover price increasing by 10p to £1.60.

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Acting editor Joy Yates wrote on the front page of the new-look News: “Today we are proud to launch your first compact edition of the Cumberland News.

“It still contains everything you love about the historic title – and more. We reacted to your opinions and remodelled the broadsheet newspaper into this contemporary compact edition.

The Cumberland News has been part of the fabric of our community for more than 200 years and we made it our mission to respect its rich history.

“We will therefore be preserving all the great traditional values of the Cumberland News in this bumper 112-page package.”

A Newsquest spokeswoman told HTFP: “We have asked our readers to complete a quick survey to let us know their thoughts on our new-look Cumberland News.

“The feedback so far has been extremely positive and there are definitely a few ideas we will be taking forward for the following editions.”