Five Johnston daily newspapers to go weekly

Five regional papers to go weekly in May as part of "platform neutral" strategy.

New Statesman

Johnston Press has unveiled plans to convert five of its daily newspapers into weeklies.

The Scarborough Evening News, Halifax Courier, Northampton Chronicle and Echo, Peterborough Evening Telegraph and Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph will all make the switch to weekly in May.

Johnston said it would also relaunch all of its 170 paid-for titles and websites by the end of 2012 to embrace "platform neutral" publishing.

The first phase is focused on Johnston’s newspapers in Halifax, Kettering, Northampton, Peterborough and Scarborough.

The company said the move was part of plans to create “platform neutral” newsrooms with “significant investment in both print and digital publishing”.

It is not yet known how many jobs will be cut as a result.

Johnston claimed the decision to switch to a weekly would allow “seven days per week publishing online and on a new iPad app with news updates around the clock and comprehensive online sport and events coverage”.

It said its online offering would be complemented by a “bumper print edition” of the weekly paper and “light touch” re-launch of the website with improved social networking and commenting,

Each of the 170 paid for titles are expected to benefit from a “major redesign exercise” as part of the re-launch initiative.

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