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Doncaster Free Press vacates the town after a century

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3 October 2017

Johnston Press has let down its readers in Doncaster by moving its newspaper, the Doncaster Free Press, out of the town after almost a century.

The journalists will now work from home or commute 17 miles to an office in Sheffield.

Chris Morley, Northern & Midlands organiser, said:

"Journalists moved in to their existing office only three years ago, so the announcement is a sudden and bewildering blow.

“It sends out a terrible message to the people of Doncaster, a proud and large community, that Johnston Press is no longer concerned enough in its fortunes to have a physical presence there. Individual journalists may remain on patch, perhaps working from home, but it does not make up for the fact that the company has no physical presence there after more than a century of being central to the town.

“Nothing has been done to ask the good people of Doncaster what they think of this idea and I challenge Johnston Press to have the courage of its convictions and carry out its own survey about closure of the office. If it can happen to Doncaster, then what other towns and cities that Johnston Press titles are also in danger of suffering an office wipe-out?”

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