Bedfordshire on Sunday editor steps down as paper moves midweek and website closes

Bedfordshire on Sunday editor Sarah Cox has stepped down after more than two years in charge as publishers Trinity Mirror move the title midweek and close its website.

Cox was appointed editor in January 2014, six years after she first completed work experience on the paper. She returned as news editor in 2013.

Cox said on Twitter: “Many thanks for emails and messages regarding my departure from BoS. I will miss it very much, but time for a new challenge.”

She added: “Goes without saying my team and I are devastated about closure of @bedfordnews. Unfathomable. We need a strong local press more than ever.”

Her tweets last week came as Trinity Mirror announced that the Bedfordshire on Sunday would move to a midweek publishing day from October and that it was closing three weekly titles in Cambridgeshire.

A spokesperson said some job roles are at risk as a result of the closures, with new ones also being created, but did not clarify which roles were affected.

Trinity Mirror said: “These decisions are never easy to make but they are necessary if we are to maintain a viable commercial operation with the opportunity to invest in the growth of our remaining news brands.

“I fully appreciate this announcement will be unsettling for those involved and we will do everything that we can in order to provide affected colleagues with the appropriate support throughout the consultation process.”

The free Bedfordshire on Sunday has a total circulation of 55,595 on a, according to ABC figures to the end of December.

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2 thoughts on “Bedfordshire on Sunday editor steps down as paper moves midweek and website closes”

  1. Miss Cox is probably planning to follow the established career route for an outgoing Beds on Sunday editor, by standing for election as Bedford’s next mayor. 75% of B.o.S editors have tried it, and 25% have succeeded – although of the success stories, 100% have died in office.

    Speaking of longrunning and routinely fatal curses, now that Trinity has laid its blundering hand upon the rudder of B.o.S to steer it to a midweek slot (presumably due to a sweet deal with a friendly printer) the Times and Citizen will be left as the town’s last surviving newspaper within six months.

    It was fun while it lasted. Bedfordshire’s Sundays will never be the same again.

  2. Welcome and rare honesty from an editor leaving the industry,so many times we hear the old chestnut of leaving ‘ to exploring exciting new opportunities’ which quite frankly fools no one

    good wishes to sarah on her new endeavours

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