Archant shuts North Norfolk News office in newsroom closure plan

Archant shuts North Norfolk News office in newsroom closure plan

North Norfolk News

The North Norfolk News and Eastern Daily Press office in the coastal town of Cromer has closed down two months after publisher Archant revealed that it would be shutting five newsrooms.

The office on Church Street was a base for editorial and advertising staff in north Norfolk, but Archant say it was not occupied full-time.

North Norfolk News is a weekly paid-for newspaper with a circulation of nearly 4,000, according to ABC figures to the end of December 2018. Daily the EDP sells 25,600 copies.

It is understood that editorial and commercial staff who used the Cromer office will continue to work remotely in north Norfolk, but will use Archant’s headquarters in Norwich as an office when needed with the editor coming in once a week to send the paper to print.

Archant has previously said that it intends to sell the Norwich office, which is home to the Eastern Daily Press.

The distance between Cromer and Norwich is some 23 miles. A round trip between the two towns would take about an hour and a half.

In an update on its website, North Norfolk News said: “The North Norfolk News/Eastern Daily Press office in Church Street, Cromer, is now being decommissioned.

“The north Norfolk editorial team and advertising rep will now have their permanent base in Norwich, but will make every effort to be in the community as much as possible.”

An Archant spokesperson told Press Gazette no redundancies or title closures would result from the office move.

The regional publisher told staff in March that it planned to close five newspaper offices. Newsrooms in Suffolk and Hertfordshire are also set to be affected, it is understood.

Archant chief content officer Matt Kelly told staff at the time: “The amount of footfall we generate from having expensive office locations has plummeted in recent years and makes no sense commercially.”

Other regional publishers have also shuttered newsrooms in efforts to cut costs. JPI Media, formerly Johnston Press, revealed in March that it would close eight newspaper offices and move staff in 19 other leasehold properties to shared working spaces.

Reach closed a Hull Daily Mail office in Beverley earlier this month following Newsquest’s cut to an office in Peebles in April.

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8 thoughts on “Archant shuts North Norfolk News office in newsroom closure plan”

  1. “….editorial and commercial staff who used the Cromer office will continue to work remotely in north Norfolk”

    If that’s not the most depressing statement of the day I don’t know what is.
    Imagine being the poor saps ploughing a lonely furrow trying to generate enough news stories to keep the click count up in an area you’ve just abandoned ( or ‘decommissioned ‘ as we should say) or attempting to flog adverts to people who aren’t interested into papers hardly anyone’s buying.

    Good luck with that one folks,something to look forward to , presumably someone in a suit somewhere knows what they’re doing
    ….but let’s not take a vote on it

  2. Farcical their chosen tactic is to cut costs by pulling out of county towns which, for a county newspaper or local weekly makes no sense as they lose yet another huge tranche of readers and advertisers at a time when they can’t afford more losses.
    Enough’s enough ,Surely it’s time for long overdue change and for a credible and completely focussed news chief who understands community publishing, to come in,get the company’s entire portfolio;papers and online content, back on track and attempt to re-establish trust and a presence in the communities from which they’re currently retreating, if the core products are improved in terms of high quality hyper local unique content and professional journalism, not as now, generic old news and cheap to access template filler and user supplied/social media scrapings, everything else will follow
    ……though having said that, quite who’d want to step in and cleanup the mess is anyone’s guess, maybe a new owner with fresh eyes,unafraid to tackle the issues and make substantial cost savings by cutting out the deadwood at all levels would be a very good thing,

    personally I think they’d be welcomed with open arms by everyone bit the yes men who have the most to lose.
    What a fiasco

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