Harlow MP Robert Halfon describes closure of Harlow Star Newspaper as a “huge loss of community news”


THE HARLOW Star Newspaper, which has been in circulation since the 1980s has announced its closure as a result of ‘sustainability issues.’

The newspaper’s publisher Reach plc has claimed that the reason for the closure is a “continued decline” in local print advertising. However the publish states that no editorial redundancies will occur.

Robert Halfon, Tory MP for Harlow, described the news as “tragic”, and told BBC News that it would be a “huge loss of community news for many residents who cannot access Internet”.

The company has announced that the final editions of the Harlow Star will be published next week, along with three others of their weekly newspapers, the Herts and Essex Observer, the Buckinghamshire Advertiser and the Buckinghamshire Examiner.

A Reach plc spokesman has said: “Due to a continued decline in local print advertising, unfortunately some print titles have become unsustainable.

“As a result, Reach can regrettably confirm the final editions of the Harlow Star, Herts and Essex Observer and the Buckinghamshire Advertiser and Examiner will be in the week commencing 28 January 2019.

“Be assured that we will continue to cover the latest stories from the area regularly on our website.”

Reach plc’s forerunner Trinity Mirror bought the Harlow Star in 2013 and circulation figures have not been revealed since. Later in 2017, Trinity Mirror, made the decision to close the website for both the Observer and the Star, with content from the sites moving to it’s Hertfordshire Mercury and Essex Live sites instead.

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Lucy Parish

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