09 April 2009

Press Gazette Ceases Online News

PressGazette.co.uk will stop publishing journalism news from this weekend as its offline counterpart is to close.

Next month’s issue of the trade magazine Press Gazette will be the last and the website will no longer publish online content, according to owner Wilmington.

An announcement formally confirming the closure of the magazine and addressing the issue of the website was published on the site this week.

“During Wilmington’s stewardship there have been several positive developments. One has been the rapidly increasing traffic to the online edition of Press Gazette.

“Whilst we will no longer be able to offer the magazine’s content online, we aim to develop this site as a resource for the UK journalism community, and we plan to roll out additional functionality in the coming months.”

Wilmington managing director Les Kelly confirmed to media commentator Roy Greenslade that the site will continue, but will not feature any stories.

He said: “There will not be news coverage but we will develop the site to offer other services, such as training and freelance referrals.”

Reactions to the announcement can be found on HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk and in this Paid Content article from former PG staffer Patrick Smith.

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