September 12, 2017 Last Updated 1:02 pm

Trinity Mirror to make weeklies of the Gloucestershire Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo

The change will become effective on October 12, with five positions said to be lost in the move

While Trinity Mirror continues with its talks to acquire Northern & Shell, publisher of Daily Express, the publisher announced that it would shutter the daily editions of the Gloucestershire Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo, converting them to weeklies beginning on October 12.

“This change to our print titles is being dictated by the behavior of our readers and the amazing growth success of our website Gloucestershire Live,” said Gloucestershire Media managing director Sarah Pullen. “We still have a loyal print audience but the majority of the people who read the Echo or the Citizen do so just once a week.”

Five jobs will be lost in the move.

As in the US, it appears that 2017 and 2018 will be big years for newspaper consolidation.

An acquisition of the Daily Express by Trinity Mirror would either transform it into a paper more friendly to Labour, or possibly would lead to its shuttering. Unlike in the US, where the goal is to acquire enough reach in order to attract more national advertising, the goals in the UK are somewhat different due to the smaller geography (therefore making it possible for there to be more national newspapers than in the US).

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