Archant saves half a million by trimming 2cm from papers

Regional newspaper group Archant has saved £500,000 a year by shaving just 19mm from the size of its papers.

Its titles, which include the Eastern Daily Press and the Ipswich Evening Star, have been reduced from 39.4cm to 37.5cm – and another trim might be on the way.

The group said shortening the paper has cut the group’s annual paper bill by five per cent, or £500,000.

Templates had changed, but no content has been lost, and fonts have stayed the same size.

Archant’s presses were adjusted and the publisher also bought second-hand presses from The Guardian.

The group added there had been no reaction from the public.

Production director John Ford told Archant’s staff magazine, Network: “Nationally and regionally, sizes of newspapers are shrinking, so we are behaving fashionably in doing this.

“By redesigning we increase revenue, and the savings are so great that we may just do it again.”

Managing director of Archant Print Nick Schiller added: “It’s no bad thing that we are saving thousands of tonnes of paper with this move.”

However, an Archant spokeswoman told Press Gazette another cut, though possible, is far from definite.

In January, Archant announced it was cutting 20 jobs from Archant Suffolk and closing five district offices in London.

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