Newsquest to launch weekly in town weeks after loss of daily

ian-savageA regional publisher is to launch a new weekly newspaper in a town which lost its daily title two weeks ago.

The Oldham Chronicle published its final edition on 31 August after 163 years of publication after parent company Hirst, Kidd and Rennie Limited went into administration.

But regional publisher Newsquest has moved swiftly to fill the gap with the launch of a new weekly title, the Oldham Times.

Priced 80p, it will go on sale for the first time next Thursday and will be edited by Bolton News editor Ian Savage, pictured left, who will add the title to his existing portfolio.

Newsquest says the Times will provide news, sport and comment on the local community, as well as a Weekend leisure guide and a free 7-Day TV guide and platforms for local advertisers.

Four Oldham-based journalists have been recruited for the paper’s launch.  The distance between the two towns is around 15 miles.

Oldham Times

Said Ian: “We hope that the people of Oldham will be delighted that they have a new community newspaper, following the sad demise of a long and well-established daily newspaper.

“We have recruited talented local reporters, who know Oldham and have worked here for a number of years, which will ensure residents are well informed of what is going on in their area.”

Nick Fellows, Newsquest North West’s Managing Director, added: “Oldham is a great and vibrant town which deserves to have its own dedicated newspaper.

“We believe there is a sustainable publishing future in Oldham as a weekly print brand and as a daily online news provider. A community of this size warrants a credible news title and we encourage both readers and advertisers to support this exciting new launch.”

KPMG, the adminitrators of Hirst, Kidde and Rennie, have previously said they are still trying to find a buyer for the Chronicle, but these efforts have so far proved unsuccessful.

The majority of the paper’s 49 staff were made redundant as a result of last month’s closure.