Lichfield Mercury to cease publication after over 2 centuries

Thursday, 6th August 2020

LOCAL newspaper, Lichfield Mercury will no longer be published after over 200 years of providing news to local residents.

Earlier in the year, the publication of Lichfield Mercury was paused and it has now been announced by owners Reach PLC what printing of the title will not resume.

The Lichfield Mercury, which has been publishing for 205 years, has been axed along with three other weekly newspapers, including another local title, The Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer.

The other two titles to be axed are the Blackmore Vale Magazine and the Southport-based Midweek Visiter.

The Lichfield Mercury was a free weekly newspaper which according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) was distributing 18,485 copies each week in the year of January to December 2019.

Reach PLC says the patches of the Mercury and Observer will continue to be covered by the Birmingham Mail, as well as its Birmingham Live and Staffordshire Live websites.

A spokesperson for Reach told Hold The Front Page: “The free model was already challenged before COVID and it would be uneconomic to resume publication of four of the titles we suspended in April.”

Reach PLC also owns weekly local Newspaper, Tamworth Herald which according to ABC figures distributed an average of just 6,411 copies a week in the year January to December 2019.

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