The controversial American owners of the News Shopper have cut back more staff with Newsquest making the paper’s editor redundant.
Simon Bull has been let go in a departure he described as “undignified and unpleasant”.
It was also announced this month that the once popular and widely-distributed 185 year old Mercury is also no more after years of decline and the closure of its base in Deptford years ago. It will be subsumed within the South London Press.
Over the Thames and The Wharf paper recently closed and its owners, The Mirror – now known as Reach – have launched a pan-London title named MyLondon based in Canary Wharf.
Lack of knowledge?
You can tell much of the old press rarely visits areas they cover as articles usually have no pictures of locations to run alongside stories. It’s all Google images or nabbed from social media. Whilst every site does that to an extent (this one included) it’s pretty much every single time at others.
Fortunately, whilst the old fashioned media struggle with ever fewer staff often based miles from areas they cover, local news websites such as 853, Bexley is Bonkers and Deptford Dame go from strength to strength, with people who live in the area and among communities covered demonstrating invaluable knowledge of what happens on the ground.