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Northcliffe review means possible closure of two south-east newspapers

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By The Drum Team, Editorial

November 25, 2011 | 2 min read

The Medway News and East Kent Gazette both face closure as Northcliffe Media reviews its activities across Kent and the wider South East.

The restructure is in response to the collapse of the proposed sale of Kent Regional News & Media following referral of the transaction to the Competition Commission by the Office of Fair Trading in October.

The review concluded that continued publishing of the Medway News and East Kent Gazette is not financially viable and that subject to consultation with staff both titles are likely to cease publication in early December

Northcliffe Media group managing director Steve Auckland said: “As a result of the OFT’s decision on our proposed sale of Kent Regional News & Media to the KM Group we have no choice but to consider closing these titles with the resulting job losses.”

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