Three new newspaper titles have hit the streets of London this week.
The three, the Barnet & Potters Bar Press, the Hendon & Finchley Press and the Edgware and Mill Hill Press, have been formed out of the regional Barnet title The Press and together will go door to door to nearly 90,000 homes in the London Borough.
The move has come from owners Tindle Newspapers who had previously launched three ultra local titles in Enfield and Barnet in March.
This week‘s launch is the latest by Sir Ray Tindle in his efforts to create local community newspapers across the country. His plan, driven by the Tindle Board of Brian Doel, Group MD, Wendy Craig and Sue Yates is also being implemented in other parts of the group where local community newspapers have been relatively more successful during the recession.
Alison Cruse, Publishing Director of North London & Herts Newspapers which produced the new titles, said the staff, led by editor Gary O’Keefe and advertisement manager Maria Pirani, were enthusiastically behind the launches which were the second phase of a continuing development. Each new title has some individual editorial and advertising and Alison said: ‘It gives us the chance to get closer to the readers and advertisers in the communities we serve.‘
Tindle Newspapers publishes more than 200 newspapers in England & Wales, many of them more than 100 years old.
On Thursday (Sep 23) Sir Ray hosted 150 guests at a special celebration in Aberystwyth to mark the 150th anniversary of the tabloid paid-for newspaper the Cambrian News. He had high praise for staff of the successful newspaper and told the guests that despite previous gloomy predictions more newspapers had been launched than closed in the country in the last year. Tindle had launched five.