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  • Writer's pictureSTEVE COOKE AATA


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Our AATA Column is going online only other than the Rochdale-specific column in Rochdale Style Magazine and occasional articles in the Rochdale Observer and Heywood & Middleton Guardian.

As you will be aware the circulation and number of pages in regional papers continue in decline and Reach's staffing structures are being revised yet again.

Our column appeared for the final time in the Rochdale Observer on Wednesday 5 April.

The editor of local regional editions has agreed to publish selected articles from our columns in the print editions when they are Rochdale-specific and there is space.

In addition to our ever expanding global, online presence through our website and social media platforms the column now will appear twice weekly on Reach’s InYourArea.


REACH is to cut 200 roles in a £30m cost-cutting drive, after advertisers failed to spend heavily through the World Cup, Black Friday and Christmas season. reporting a slump of 20.2% in print advertising and 5.9% in digital ads in the traditionally strong fourth quarter.

REACH is the UK’s and Ireland’s largest commercial news publisher. Home to more than 130 brands, from national titles like the Mirror, Express, Daily Record and Daily Star, to local brands like MyLondon, BelfastLive and the Manchester Evening News. Every month, 48 million people access, via print and online, for news, entertainment and sport, reaching 76% of the UK’s online population, with what’s going on in their area and throughout the world.

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