Staying local


Many local newspapers are struggling just now but some are showing real resilience. What’s their secret?

Tindle Newspapers owns over 200 local papers and is Britain’s tenth-largest local-news publisher. It’s run by Sir Ray Tindle, an octogenarian who believes that local news should be, well, local.

When Tindle Newspapers took over the stricken West Wales Observer, Sir Ray changed its name back to The Tenby Observer. He made sure its journalists only covered things that happened in and around Tenby itself. This focus on truly local news, politics and happenings has seen it go from strength to strength.


More on local news in this Economist article – Why some papers manage to stay alive and kicking