Newspapers

Crowdfund bid to save regional newspapers

Seven free weekly newspapers in the UK have closed with immediate effect. The View From series of local newspapers covering East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset – with a combined circulation of 33,000 (unaudited figures) – published their final editions last week.

A crowdfunding campaign has been set up in an attempt to establish a community-owned local media group to buy the newspapers.

Media company director Duncan Williams, who set up the fund, said: “Local newspapers are the voice of our communities….brands that have over a 100 years of reporting credibility should not be lost.”

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