Archant closes 145-year-old free weekly

First published in 1866, the Stratford & Newham Express has been replaced by a bigger edition of the

Archant has scrapped its 145-year-old free weekly the Stratford & Newham Express, but says no jobs are under threat as a result of the move.

The newspaper, which was first published in 1866, has been replaced by an 80-page edition of the Newham Recorder with a Stratford masthead and a number of editorial and advertising change pages. The Stratford & Newham Express was last ABC-audited in 2009 when had a free distribution of 21,778.

According to an internal memo sent to employees, the decision to drop the Express brand was part of a long-term plan to develop Archant's East London papers "in line with the expected new demographics, post the 2012 Olympics".

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