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Archant shuts North Norfolk News office in newsroom closure plan

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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. “Decommissioned” a word you use when you want to avoid saying “closed”
    Both have the same meaning and both have the same negative connotations but with Archant being the experts in pretentious job titles it was to be expected that they’d call closing an office, running up the white flag, pulling out of county towns and retreating back to their cosy Norwich office – the centre of the universe to them, as ‘decommissioning’

    Time to decommission the board and senior management team who’ve been around far too long and once again, shown themselves out of their depths and only capable of presiding over and managing decline.

    Sad times

  2. What’s the saying?
    ”Out of sight, out of mind”

    I’m sure that will be the case for the North Norfolk News and the dire EDP in this area after this latest announcement,although closing the Cromer office and pulling out would have been shocking news 5-10 years ago, now so few buy either the NNN ( less than 4,000 copies in an area of 105,000) or the EDP, that it shouldn’t make much differenc.It’s just incredible to see how far the papers have fallen in so short a period of time and I think we all know whose responsible for that don’t we!
    Cheap adverts, few readers and irrelevant and dire content have quickly resulted in whole communities turning their backs on once essential weekly papers and who can blame them.
    If low footfall and lack of sales “makes no sense commercially” then surely all their other county offices and associated weekly papers must also be at risk of being ‘decommissioned’ too?
    There’s a few I can think of on the top floor whose positions need ‘decommissioning’ too and replacing with credible,respected business minded local media people before the whole ship sinks beneath the waves, sadly that time doesn’t look to be too far away.

    Shame on those on whose watch this complete dismantling has happened.

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