TRINITY Mirror North West and North Wales has taken the decision to close the Chronicle in Mid Cheshire. The final edition will be next week.
Carl Wood, publishing director of Trinity Mirror Cheshire, said: “I’d like to thank all of our readers for their understanding and support and would like also to reassure our advertisers that they can continue to enjoy the tremendous coverage and response of our Mid Cheshire BuySell product which will continue to provide unique coverage of the Mid Cheshire area.
“Whilst this announcement relates to the closure of the Chronicle in Mid Cheshire and the subsequent effect this will have on jobs, this decision also heralds the strength and robustness of the titles that remain, namely the Chester Chronicle series, Flintshire Chronicle, Ellesmere Port Pioneer, Crewe Chronicle series, Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News and the Mid Cheshire BuySell.
“It is on these market-leading, healthy and profitable titles and associated online products that we will now focus our attention and efforts.”
Trinity Mirror North West and North Wales has also announced the closure of the Wrexham Chronicle and the Whitchurch Herald. There will be a loss of 11 roles overall – eight jobs in editorial and three in advertising.
Sara Wilde, managing director of Trinity Mirror Regional North West and Wales, 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.”