The Lincolnshire Echo is set to move to a weekly print run later this year.
The local newspaper, which serves both the city and the entire county, will print its last daily edition on October 14th, before moving to a weekly edition.
Owned by Northcliffe Media, the Echo has been in the city since 1893, and will now be joining other Northcliffe titles that have already made the move over to a weekly format.
Newspapers in Scunthorpe, Torquay and Exeter have already switched, and it has been detailed that the decision to move to a weekly publication was taken as a measure to best secure the title’s viable “long-term future”.
According to a report from Jon Slattery, former deputy editor of Press Gazette, the move to a weekly print-run will result in job losses.
Slattery wrote “around five journalists’ jobs are at risk of redundancy”; he added that deputy editor Martin Mammatt has been “made compulsorily redundant”.
Going forward, the weekly newspaper will have an average of 184 pages and will be made available every Thursday, for a price of £1. The first weekly edition will launch on October 20.
In a Lincolnshire Echo report, acting editor Steven Fletcher said:
“Reading habits have changed so much and the Echo is moving with the times.”
The paper has been serving the county for 118 years. The paper’s offices are based in Lincoln city centre, on Brayford Wharf East.