Trinity Mirror axes three more weekly papers

Trinity Mirror is to closure a further three weekly newspapers, in Wales and the North West, with the loss of 11 jobs.

The last editions of the Wrexham Chronicle, the Mid-Cheshire Chronicle and the Whitchurch Herald will be published next week with the loss of eight editorial and three commercial posts.

The cuts come after Trinity Mirror announced plans to axe 94 posts and shut nine weekly papers in the Midlands in July.

Sara Wilde, managing director of Trinity Mirror Regional North West and Wales, blamed the worsening economic climate for these fresh cuts

She said: “This decision reflects the challenging economic conditions affecting our local advertising markets and, as such, the current revenue and circulation of these titles does not provide us with a strong enough base for sustainable and profitable publication of these titles either now or in the longer term.

“Taking this difficult decision now will enable us to move forward into 2010 and beyond as we look to protect and develop our strong portfolio of print and online products within the North Wales and Cheshire market.”

The Wrexham Chronicle freesheet had a circulation of 21,576 in the first six months of this year. The paper came into being less than 18 months ago with the merger of the Wrexham Mail and Wrexham BuySell.

Paid-for weekly, the Whitchurch Herald, had circulation of 3,883 during the same period. Figures are not available for the Mid-Cheshire Chronicle.

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