Belfast Telegraph scraps evening edition

The Belfast Telegraph is to scrap its evening edition and become a morning-only title, bringing it in line with rival dailies the News Letter and the Irish News.

The paper first began printing its morning edition in March 2005 and was historically an evening title.

A spokesman for publishers Independent News and Media told the BBC the paper would be "printed, distributed and made available to readers at the same time as all other daily newspapers".

Deputy chief executive Richard McClean said: "With the final edition available earlier, we are committed to maintaining the growth of our strong multi-platform readership and to continuing our unrivalled service to our readers."

The most recent ABC figures show circulation of the Belfast Telegraph fell 8.1 per cent to 53,771 in the last six months of 2011.

It remains Northern Ireland's biggest-selling regional newspaper, ahead of the Irish News (down 5.2 per cent to 41,932) and the News Letter (down 4.7 per cent to 22,548).

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