The Tameside Reporter, a weekly paper in danger of closing after 157 years, is to be relaunched under new ownership this week. It was rescued by a housing association, New Charter, after its previous publishers, Reporter & Chronicle Newspapers, could no longer sustain production.
New Charter promises that the paper will have "a new look and a stronger focus on the community." The organisation's chief executive, Ian Munro, said: "We have helped to secure a future for the paper while saving an important part of local history."
In an online message announcing the relaunch (which is also published on the New Charter site), editor Nigel Skinner told readers the paper would be "dedicated to providing independent journalism to Tameside residents." But a Burnley-based blog site, Northern Voices, is sceptical about the pledge of independence, claiming that New Charter has close ties to Tameside council. It wonders whether the paper will publish articles or letters that are critical of the housing trust, the council and three academy schools sponsored by New Charter, which also owns Tameside community radio.
Some 15,000 copies of the Reporter will be delivered free on Thursday to homes across nine towns in its Greater Manchester area. A further 10,000 will available for sale at local newsagents. Its partner title, the Glossop Chronicle, will also be relaunched on the same day. Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/