Publishers announce Northampton Herald & Post will close next month

The Northampton Herald & Post is to close next month, its publishers have announced, along with two other titles in Milton Keynes and Luton.

Wednesday, 19th October 2016, 3:25 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 4:49 pm
The Herald & Post in Northampton is to close at the end of November

The free weekly newspaper, which last year celebrated its 40th anniversary, will put out its last edition on November 28. Its website will also be closing, Trinity Mirror has confirmed.

The company is also closing Luton on Sunday, which will cease publishing at the end of next month, along with One MK which will stop printing at the end of October.

In a statement released by the company, a spokesman said: “We are closing three free weekly titles in Luton, Milton Keynes and Northampton as part of a review of our portfolio to look at how we best serve our readers and advertisers in these markets.

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“We are not exiting these markets but will retain a presence in a different way. We believe there is a better way for us to provide content and commercial solutions for the local communities, for example through a schedule of niche products and awards & events.

“We will also be increasing the focus on Bedfordshire on Sunday which remains as both a print title and website. We will be increasing distribution of this title into Luton and broadening our online coverage.

“The number of roles we require to deliver the new portfolio of products is less than the current structure and as a result the business proposes to reduce the headcount, so unfortunately a number of roles in Editorial and Commercial are at risk of redundancy as part of these changes.”

The paper was founded in 1975 by a company managed by journalist Tony Boullemier, who was chief sub-editor for the Daily Express. The paper’s offices were originally in Derngate, until 2012, when they were relocated to Lakeside, on the eastern edge of the town.