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NUJ welcomes relaunch of Oldham Chronicle and opens talks with new owner

13 October 2017

The NUJ has welcomed the news that the Oldham Evening Chronicle has been bought and is about to relaunch after the title closed in August with the loss of 49 jobs.

The buyer, local independent radio station Revolution 96.2, also has rights to a series of monthly sister titles including The Oldham Extra, Saddleworth Extra, Tameside Extra and the Dale Times and the quarterly magazines Oldham Business Edge, The Knowledge and Primary Knowledge.

The union has been in discussions with Matt Ramsbottom, Revolution 96.2’s managing director, and is hopeful for the future of the 169-year-old title.

Chris Morley, Northern & Midlands organiser, said:

"I welcome the news that the highly respected Oldham Evening Chronicle and associated titles have been bought with the intention of relaunching. The suddenness of the collapse of the Chronicle under previous ownership was traumatic for staff and we as a union are working hard to secure the best for our members from that collapse. Clearly there was a wealth of journalistic experience and talent that had worked hard for the community that was laid waste at the time. We will be seeking talks at the earliest opportunity with the new owners to see how we can best move forward. "

Matt Ramsbottom was quoted in Hold the Front Page saying:

“Printing the next edition of the Oldham Chronicle will not be without its challenges, we are working hard to pull together the various elements of the process, a significant amount of data and information was stored in the cloud and it may prove tricky to retrieve. However the passion, support and belief to bring back the newspaper by loyal readers and advertisers have been overwhelming.”

Since the closure of the Chronicle, Newsquest has launched the Oldham Times, Trinity Mirror unveiled a new Oldham edition of the Manchester Evening News and the Oldham Reporter, published by Ashton-under-Lyne-based Quest Media, will be published in the town.

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