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A Lichfield newspaper has confirmed it will pause publication because of the coronavirus.

Editor Charlotte Hart told readers that this week’s edition on 9th April will be be the last before the company takes “a break” from printing the paper.

It comes after owner Reach PLC confirmed plans to cut all staff pay by 10% and furlough others.

The Mercury’s editor said on the paper’s Facebook page that a drop in advertising revenue had been behind the decision to stop publishing for the time being.

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“We have all been affected by the coronavirus outbreak and we understand it has been a very worrying time for a lot of people, including those within our local community and businesses.

“We’ve been working tirelessly to keep you informed about what is going on, the advice you should take and the help that is out there for you. 

“Unfortunately, because a lot of the businesses that advertise their services with us have had to stop trading, we have seen a dramatic fall in our revenue.

“It’s becoming a real struggle to deliver your paper free of charge at the moment. So, it is with a heavy heart that we have decided to take a break from printing our newspaper.

“The decision has not been taken lightly, but businesses up and down the country are being forced into making unprecedented choices.”

Charlotte Hart, Lichfield Mercury

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

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6 Comments

  1. It is very sad that a newspaper with such a heritage is struggling. We have not had a delivery for some time and have to beg the occasional copy from house agents. In truth Andy Kerr seems to write ninety percent of the articles.
    Local papers have long been financed by advertising costs. The Mercury has a very thin Estate Agents section and hardly any personal adds. Advertisers probably think their outlay is wasted on a falling readership.
    I would be sorry to see it disappear but, sadly, I think it improbable it can continue on what must be very small margins. Another stalwart of Lichfield heritage about to end? Well you never know what you’ve got till its gone!

  2. Not unsurprising, given the current situation. Hopefully it won’t disappear for good.
    Thank goodness for Lichfield Live. Keep up the good work Ross et.al.

  3. Sad, but it stopped being a free newspaper across Lichfield ages ago.

    Swathes of north Lichfield (and presumably other areas) haven’t had a free delivery of the Mercury for over 10 years…

  4. Before the current situation I was talking to one of the contractors working in Darwin park when one of his mates appeared from the bushes with a complete bundle of that weeks mercury’s that is why you get none whoever was paid to deliver them just dumped them

  5. There’s something rather quaint about that paper, with its columns from King’s Bromley W. I and news of a new pelican crossing in Barton under Needwood. In terms of news worth reading, it’s a dead duck for anyone under the age of 40.

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