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31st October 2015

Two Scottish Titles Closed By Johnston Press

Johnston Press to close two weekly newspapers in Scotland.

As well as closing two weekly newspapers, Johnston Press will also 'reposition' a third title as a 'community newspaper'.

The Musselburgh News and the East Lothian News will be closed by Johnston Press.

The closures will mean that some jobs will be put at risk of redundancy.

The Midlothian Advertiser is also to be 'repositioned' as a 'community newspaper' by Johnston Press, which would mean that the title could see 'an increase in content contributed by readers'.

"The East Lothian News (including the Musselburgh edition) may close as a result of a current review of JP's print portfolio. Its future is currently being considered and staff have been informed that a small number of roles may be placed at risk if the proposals to close the title go ahead. A decision will be made in due course and staff updated accordingly.

"To ensure we remain at the heart of our community - covering local events that matter most to our readers - we will be unveiling a new-look Midlothian Advertiser in the next few weeks.

"The title will increase its focus on community content and our readers will play a greater role in providing more updates, features and pictures from local events, group meetings, schools and clubs - allowing our news teams to focus on more of the 'harder-hitting' news that's making a difference in the local area. It will free up more of their time to ensure they can deliver the best news and information not just in print - but online, 24-hours a day." said a Johnston Press statement.




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