Coventry Telegraph becomes a morning publication

The Coventry Evening Telegraph has moved to morning publication as part of a trend sweeping the regional newspaper market.

It is hoped that switching to morning publication will help rake in more readers by being on sale in the shops for a longer period. The majority of regional evening papers have switched to earlier print times in recent years.

Overnight printing means it will be more difficult for the paper to carry late breaking news in the print version.

Editor Alan Kirby said he believed breaking news was no longer the prime driver of sales for the sector in the digital age.

He said: "Our website will be the priority for breaking news. That has the immediacy to match and beat our rivals in broadcasting and new media.

"The Telegraph's localness – its community news, its pictures of people and its interaction with readers – will continue to be its strength. People love us for our unique blend of local editorial and advertising and we must strive to build on that reputation."

NUJ president Chris Morley condemned the move saying: "What use is an evening paper produced the day before, perhaps with the
strapline Yesterday's News Tomorrow?"

The paper has been renamed Coventry Telegraph and its sister titles in Nuneaton and Warwickshire will also drop the "evening" from their mastheads.

Staff are being consulted over new shift patterns. Kirby said the move was "the most important initiative for the paper" since he joined the paper 33 years ago.

The Press in York , the Bolton Evening News and the Lancashire Telegraph are among the most recent evening papers to switch to a morning format.

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