After 158 years, the Liverpool Post closes
10 December 2013
The Liverpool Post is to close after almost 160 years of publication in the city.
Trinity Mirror has announced that the paper, formerly the Liverpool Daily Post before it went weekly in January 2012, will be printed for the last time on December 19. Circulation had dropped to 4,000 since the change.
Steve Anderson Dixon, Trinity Mirror North West managing director, said:
"This is a decision we take with the heaviest of hearts.Sadly, the Liverpool city region no longer generates the demand in terms of advertising or circulation, to sustain both the Post and the Liverpool Echo."
He said he did not anticipate any redundancies. The Daily Post operated by Trinity Mirror in north Wales is not affected.
The paper's editor Mark Thomas said:
"We have a history of brave and independent journalism and excellent coverage of business, arts, and sport. We will ensure we keep those traditions alive within the Liverpool Echo.”
Chris Morley, Northern and Midlands Organiser, said:
"The closure of The Post, as a freestanding publication, will snuff out a great and influential voice for Liverpool. It's a shocking blow to the city at a time when it needs champions. The NUJ was sceptical when the title was converted from a daily newspaper into a weekly format. We didn't believe it would generate the revenues necessary in a difficult market.
"That said, we have a responsibility to ensure the passing of the Post does not take with it journalists' jobs. To that end we hope the company's declared intention to boost its weekend newspaper and digital publishing yields strong results and keeps journalism flourishing in the city. We will be working hard to make sure our members get the best outcome from this announcement."
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
"It is a tragedy for the city and for the journalists that such an iconic title of such long standing has been closed down. It seems unbelievable that Liverpool cannot sustain a daily as well as weekly. It also sends alarms bells ringing for the consequences of the trend at Trinity Mirror and other newspaper groups to convert dailies to weekly production."
The Trinity Mirror Merseyside Chapel said:
"The loss of the Post diminishes Liverpool as a leading press centre. We are deeply saddened to see the closure of a title with a proud history of campaigning journalism. We welcome the news that there will be no compulsory redundancies and are now working to make sure that all staff are given suitable roles on the Echo."