The Evening Standard is to cut the number of daily editions from three to two from Monday and withdraw the paper from newsagents in some of its outlying circulation areas.
Managing editor Doug Wills told Press Gazette that the changes were part of a “complete review of the distribution operation”. The Standard dropped from four to three editions in 2006.
The Standard told readers last night: “With the changes to printing times and distribution, it may be that your usual outlet no longer receives the Evening Standard.”
Newsagents in Rochester, Chatham and Gillingham are among those who have been told that they will no longer be receiving the Standard following a review of the paper’s distribution arrangements.
The first edition currently goes off stone at around 9am to be on the streets by around 10.30am or 11am.
This edition has now been renamed News Extra and will go later – at a time yet to be confirmed – to allow the paper to cover more on-the-day news.
The only other edition will now be the West End Final which will also go later in the afternoon – but will be changed throughout the print run with any late-breaking news.
In other changes taking place from Monday, the Standard is introducing a new prize puzzles page and a two-page spread of brain teasers on Fridays.
The Standard had an ABC circulation of 306,747 in October – about 42 per cent of which was made up of free bulk distribution.
The November newspaper ABCs are published at midday tomorrow.