Editorial jobs at risk as Hertfordshire print title closes down
June 27, 2011 by Michael
A print publication owned by Archant Herts & Cambs is set to close down to concentrate on the more successful titles and websites in its portfolio.
The Scene Series publishes 55,000 copies across West Essex and East Hertfordshire and was introduced to recoup losses incurred by the unprofitable Herald series that had been published by Archant.
However, rising print costs for the newspaper company have contributed to the demise of The Scene Series. Costs incurred by newspaper printing have increased by a quarter, year on year, causing the company to squeeze its margins and cut its losses. Paul Richardson, the editorial director for Archant Herts & Cambs claimed that seven editorial staff were facing job losses but added that the group hoped to redeploy most of these internally. Rising costs in the print industry have challenged the operations of several companies who rely on practices like digital printing.
Ware, Sawbridgeworth and the surrounding areas are served by a number of regional publications, both in print and online, that will continue to be produced by Archant. The Herts Advertiser and The Hatfield and Welwyn Times will continue to operate and more focus will be placed upon the group’s news website, Herts24.co.uk.
Whilst the loss of The Scene Series marks yet more tough times for print journalism, many smaller publications are finding that they can cut costs by arranging small, bespoke print runs from local companies offering services such as digital printing in Ware.