Penarth Times moves out of town to save money

The Penarth Times, the South Wales paper where John Humphrys started his career, is moving out of the town due to the “economic conditions”.

The Newsquest-owned, paid-for weekly title will move six miles to Barry, home of sister title the Barry & District News. The Penarth office will close on Friday 3 April.

According to ABC, the paper’s circulation in the second half of 2008 was 5,721.

The paper said in a statement: “Sadly we must announce that, as a result of the current economic conditions, the Penarth Times office in Stanwell Road is to close.

“Readers can be reassured that publication of the Penarth Times will continue as normal, and our commitment to bringing you all the news and views from the town, and the surrounding areas, remains as strong as ever.

“The editorial team and front counter staff will be based in our office in Barry, along with the staff of our sister title the Barry & District News.

“The move will not affect the paper, nor the quality that you, as readers and advertisers, have come to expect over the years.”

Welsh Assembly member for South Wales Central, Chris Franks, said: “I’m aware that local newspapers are facing a tough time as a result of the recession but I’m disappointed that the Penarth Times will not have an office in Penarth. It is a loss to the town.

“The Penarth Times has been a focal point of the community in Penarth and surrounding areas like Dinas Powys for so many years. It is a shame that this link will be lost, although I’m pleased the team will continue at the Barry & District News offices.

“The editor and staff do a wonderful job for Penarth. I know they will be disappointed at the move but will overcome these difficulties.”

Humphrys joined the paper aged 15, before moving to the Western Mail, based in Cardiff, and on to the BBC.

Newsquest regional managing director in Wales and Gloucestershire, Gavin Steacy, was unavailable for comment.

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