View all newsletters
Sign up for our free email newsletters

Fighting for quality news media in the digital age.

Trinity Mirror merges North East newspaper websites

By William Turvill

Trinity Mirror has announced that Newcastle's Journal newspaper will no longer have a dedicated website.

The regional publisher said it was merging the website, which is attached to The Journal newspaper, with the Newcastle Chronicle's ChronicleLive.

Trinity Mirror said the Journal site will "continue to exist as an archive site but from Monday, users will be redirected to ChronicleLive".

ChronicleLive will cover a patch from the "Scottish border to Teesside, through Northumberland, Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham".

According to ABC, ChronicleLive attracted an average 195,527 unique users last month – up 75.8 per cent year on year. Its total monthly unique user number was more than 3m.

The Journal attracted an average of 14,654 unique browsers per day in May and 357,210 over the month according to ABC.

In a press release announcing the merger, Trinity Mirror said the Chronicle website attracted 23m page views in May, which it said was 25 times more than the Journal site.

Content from our partners
<a></a>Key ways to futureproof your media career as journalism job cuts bite deep
Slow online ads cost UK publishers £50m a year: Here's how to fix them
Mather Economics and InsurAds combine to help publishers boost revenue

Both the Chronicle and Journal newspapers are based in Newcastle. The Chronicle centres its news coverage on the city, while the Journal targets a more upmarket readership and has more readers in rural Northumberland.

Darren Thwaites, editor-in-chief for Trinity Mirror North East, said: “The time has come to add the weight of both our daily newspaper brands to the massive scale and strength of ChronicleLive.

“It means we can accelerate our position as the North East’s leading regional news, sport and entertainment provider, covering more subjects across a wider geography.

“We’ll no longer be competing against ourselves. Instead, we’ll be bringing the biggest possible audience to all our stories using the massive search and social strength of a single supersite.”  

Trinity Mirror said: "The website merge does not affect the centre’s print publishing strategy and both The Chronicle and The Journal newspapers will continue to be published six days a week. The Journal will also upgrade its current paid-for e-edition app."

Email pged@pressgazette.co.uk to point out mistakes, provide story tips or send in a letter for publication on our "Letters Page" blog

Select and enter your email address Weekly insight into the big strategic issues affecting the future of the news industry. Essential reading for media leaders every Thursday. Your morning brew of news about the world of news from Press Gazette and elsewhere in the media. Sent at around 10am UK time. Our weekly does of strategic insight about the future of news media aimed at US readers. A fortnightly update from the front-line of news and advertising. Aimed at marketers and those involved in the advertising industry.
  • Business owner/co-owner
  • CEO
  • COO
  • CFO
  • CTO
  • Chairperson
  • Non-Exec Director
  • Other C-Suite
  • Managing Director
  • President/Partner
  • Senior Executive/SVP or Corporate VP or equivalent
  • Director or equivalent
  • Group or Senior Manager
  • Head of Department/Function
  • Manager
  • Non-manager
  • Retired
  • Other
Visit our privacy Policy for more information about our services, how Progressive Media Investments may use, process and share your personal data, including information on your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications.
Thank you

Thanks for subscribing.

Websites in our network