Hebridean reborn with purchase by rival Gazette

The Hebridean, the Scottish weekly newspaper that folded two weeks ago, has been bought by the rival Stornoway Gazette.

After nine months in head-to-head competition with the Gazette, The Hebridean ceased publication after failing to reach revenue targets.

Angus Morrison, managing director of the Stornoway Gazette, said his paper had successfully completed a deal with Isles Media to acquire the title and the publication rights to The Hebridean. The Gazette is owned by Scottish Radio Holdings.

Hebridean editor Iain Maciver and writer/photographer Eric Mackinnon have been made redundant.

Maciver, who will return to freelancing, has secured a part-time public relations post at the Western Isles Health Board.

Murdo Maclennan, a director of The Hebridean said: “Failing to achieve projected targets was a crucial issue.

It was a corporate decision. We have limited resources. But given its short history, we are extremely proud of The Hebridean.”

By Hamish Mackay

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