Sir Harold Evans' old newspaper to re-open after brief closure

Sir Harold Evans’ first newspaper is to reopen next week, after announcing its closure earlier this year.

The 157-year-old Tameside Reporter and sister title the Glossop Chronicle have been saved after a takeover deal with New Charter Housing Association was completed.

The new editions will go on sale next Thursday with a new look and a “stronger focus on the community”.

Editor Nigel Skinner said: “The Tameside Reporter has a long and proud tradition and I was very keen to see that continue long enough so the paper could celebrate its upcoming 160th anniversary in a few years’ time.

“The paper is, and always will be, a community focused venture dedicated to providing independent journalism to Tameside residents and our re-launch is all about re-enforcing that message as well as improving the content of the paper.”

The new Tameside Reporter will have a total print run of 25,000 copies, 15,000 of which will be delivered free to homes across nine local towns.

Otherwise, the copies cost 45p in newsagents and a “small amount” will be available for free pick-up in local markets and at Tameside Council buildings.

The newspaper’s closure was announced in July, when owners The Reporter and Chronicle Newspapers Ltd failed to find a buyer.

However, after New Charter’s takeover, the paper has now described its future as “secure”.

Skinner said: “Financially, the paper will continue to support itself with improved advertising opportunities and editorially we have full control of what goes in the paper.”

New Charter chief executive Ian Munro said: “We strongly believe that there’s a need for independent community journalism and we have helped to secure a future for the paper to keep that going while saving an important part of local history.

“We’re investing in homes with improvement works and new builds and our involvement with the paper is about using our resources to provide communities with opportunities and not just great homes to live in.

“This is a very small scale investment for us that will have many benefits for local people and the economy and we’re pleased to be able to support the paper.”

The newspaper is to take on two new editorial trainees.

Skinner said: “It’s been a long while since we’ve been in a position to take on new people too so we’re really looking forward to being able to train aspiring reporters.”

In the Chronicle's absence, locals opened a new title, the Glossop Gazette, last week.

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