Evening Standard reinstates Late Night Final

The Evening Standard in London has reinstated its Late Night Final edition as ‘one of a number of improvements’ following the takeover by Alexander Lebedev.

In December, the paper cut its number of editions to two: News Extra, available from mid morning, and West End Final, available from mid afternoon.

Late breaking news continued to be covered in the West End Final – but now the dedicated Late Night Final has been reintroduced.

It is available from 6pm, with an increased print run.

Managing director Doug Wills told Press Gazette it would focus on late breaking news, and be available in more outlets across central London’s “Zone One”.

He said: “There has always been a later edition, but the Late Night Final will be much larger, with more focus on breaking news, city, and sport.

“The final will be available in more places and for longer, as more people now want to read later.

“It is one of a number of things taking place, one of a number of improvements and changes.”

When asked what the further changes were, Wills said: “Watch this space”.

After his takeover, Lebedev promised to invest in the paper and its website, with more focus on high-end culture, including books and theatre.

He has appointed Geordie Greig as editor, and is set to appoint an “editorial board” – possibly including JK Rowling and Mikhail Gorbachev – to oversee the paper.

The Standard dropped from four editions to three in 2006. Its circulation in February, according to ABC, was 277,522 – down 3.7 per cent year on year, of which 142,513 were paid for.

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