Printing suspended for Scottish free newspapers

August 26, 2011 by  

Six local newspapers run by Trinity Mirror are set to have their printing suspended as part of a cost saving exercise.

Scottish and Universal Newspapers, which is the Scottish arm of newspaper firm Trinity Mirror, have confirmed that six of their free print titles will cease to be printed from 9th September 2011. Titles affected include papers such as The Clyde Weekly News and The Lanarkshire World.

This blow comes as Trinity Mirror announced that it has seen profits drop by a huge 65% year on year, due to a dip in advertising revenue. The rising costs of print and ink were not cited as issues in the report, featured in the marketing industry publication, The Drum. As many national companies struggle to survive the tough economic climate, many local businesses have turned to support smaller local print companies.

East Kilbride, Hamilton and the wider Lanarkshire area are all places that would have been served by the suspended Scottish and Universal newspapers. Whilst many people do access the news online, there is still a demand for free newspapers but the company behind the papers cannot justify their existence without adequate levels of support from advertising revenue. The managing director of Scottish and Universal Newspapers, Bill Steven, said :

“We’ve taken this decision to suspend these titles as a result of the challenging economic environment and we will review the feasibility of re-introducing them should trading conditions improve in the future.”

Copies of the newspapers will be available until the printing suspension comes into effect on 9th September.