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MP saddened by proposed closure of Lichfield Post newspaper

lichfieldpostlogoLichfield MP Michael Fabricant has said the proposed closure of a city newspaper is “bad news” for the city.

Various journalism websites have reported details of an internal memo from the Lichfield Post’s owners Trinity Mirror which confirmed that the newspaper was on a list of titles to be axed.

It is understood that more than 90 jobs could go across the Midlands as Trinity Mirror reduces the number of newspapers it owns in the region.

But Mr Fabricant has admitted the loss of the paper would hit the community. He said:

“If reports from the National Union of Journalists are true and the Lichfield Post is set to close, this is bad news for our City.  Newspapers give a sense of community to our City and district and help bind the disparate voices of our area.  The closure of a newspaper damages that sense of cohesion.

“I am very conscious of the pressures newspapers are currently enduring.  Newsprint, the paper on which newspapers are printed, is becoming ever more expensive while the recession is taking its toll of advertising budgets and newspaper sales.  I hope that other newspapers in the area will continue publishing. Meanwhile, electronic news sources such as The Lichfield Blog are filling the gap.”

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