Monday 19 February 2018

'Serious new paper' to shake up market

Peter Flanagan

Peter Flanagan

A NEW newspaper is to be launched in Tipperary next month, in competition with local papers in the region.

'The Premier People' will begin publishing in mid-October as a weekly freesheet that will be "a serious paper", according to its founder Ann Commins.

The Clonmel-based newspaper will initially be available only in south Tipperary but is expected to move into the north of the county over time.

The paper is being set up by a number of former staff of 'South Tipp Today', which is owned by Johnston Press and has seen a number of job cuts in recent times -- and of which Ms Commins is a former joint owner.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Ms Commins said she had not planned to set up a new paper after she left 'South Tipp Today', but had been urged to do so by a number of people.

"There is a concern that 'South Tipp Today', since being taken over by Johnston Press, is no longer a local paper. It did have a staff of 11 but that has been halved and people are concerned that it, and its sister publication, 'The Nationalist', have lost their connection with the community."

By the time it is up and running, Ms Commins hopes to have six staff and is still recruiting for a final position. Financing for the business was already in place, she said.

Despite the recent struggles of some local papers around the country, Ms Commins insisted the 'The Premier People' could have a big future.

"We believe there is a gap in the market for a hyper local paper now and we hope we can achieve that," she added.

Irish Independent

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