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Sidmouth Herald to become a ‘good news’ title

  • by JW

“with no coverage of council meetings, courts and crime.”

“It has a great reputation for campaigning.”


Local newspapers have been really struggling:

Support your local newspaper – Vision Group for Sidmouth


On Tuesday, the Herald reported on its parent company being bought out:

New owner for newspaper group | Sidmouth Herald


However, what it did not report is that the Herald is losing its editor:

Editors axed in Archant South West restructure – Journalism News from HoldtheFrontPage


The Herald’s rival, the Nub News, is not crowing. Philip Evans writes from Axminster:


Journalists lose jobs on East Devon newspapers

London-based investment firm RCapital has taken a 90 per cent share in the Norwich-based business with responsibility for the pension scheme being taken over by the government’s Pension Protection Fund.

According to an internal email, the three East Devon weeklies are now set to become ‘good news’ titles along the lines of the recently launched Torbay Weekly.

Although newspapers I have edited in recent years have been in competition with the Herald, I have every reason to be saddened by this news…

The conversion of the three East Devon Herald’s into ‘good news’ publications – with no coverage of council meetings, courts and crime – comes as a surprise to other local journalists and the sacking of the sports editor would indicate there will be little or no sport…

Journalists lose jobs on East Devon newspapers |


Sad news indeed – considering the very long history and tradition of reporting of the Sidmouth Herald – with this from their own pages:



The Sidmouth Herald has been recording the town’s news for more than 150 years, priding itself on accurate and reliable coverage of all issues – big and small. It has a great reputation for campaigning and raising funds for worthy causes, such as the inshore rescue service.

Published each Friday, the Sidmouth Herald covers this beautiful Regency seaside town as well as surrounding places such as Beer, Branscombe, Newton Poppleford and Otterton. The newspaper also has an edition for Ottery St Mary with several changes pages, ensuring this important East Devon town has strong, truly local coverage.

Sport plays a major role in the newspaper’s success, with unrivalled coverage of football, rugby and cricket, as well as fishing and bowls – to name a few.

In addition to the printed product, the entire Sidmouth Herald is available online through our e-edition service alongside a breaking news service on our website.

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