Report by Charlotte Tobitt for Press Gazette
Tindle Newspapers has closed the last remaining View From newspaper title, the monthly View From The Blackdown Hills.
The 16-page free paper was bought by Tindle in December 2009 as the publisher sought to widen its circulation area in the south west of England.
Its last edition, which had a distribution of around 6,000, was published this month.
Sandra Perraton, managing director of Tindle Newspapers in Teignbridge, Tavistock and Mid and East Devon, said: “Tindle Newspapers have been proud to serve the people of the Somerset/ Devon border.”
Perraton added that no journalists were made redundant by the closure, and that there are no current plans for any other newspapers from her centres in the south west to close.
|Sandra Perraton - Tindle Newspapers Ltd.|
At the time of Tindle’s purchase of the title from View From Publishing, former chairman Sir Ray Tindle said it was an “excellent editorial and advertising publication and we are proud to have it in our family”, adding: “There is a big future for these community newspapers.”
The Blackdown Hills newspaper was the last surviving View From title after the series was closed on 4 January due to “falling revenues” . It was the only title still owned by Tindle.
The other View From editions were owned by Capital Media Newspapers until it went into administration in July 2017 and then bought by Sunday Independent owner Peter Masters.
After Masters closed the newspaper series, the brand was sold for £1 to Duncan Williams, a director of West Country media company Pulman’s Weekly News Group.
Williams has now been found personally liable at a tribunal for thousands of pounds owed to former employees.