In an age of falling print revenue and tough times across the industry, Liverpool’s 156 year old Daily Post today (24th November) announced it was to become a weekly newspaper. The news broke via the Press Gazette that the paper was to become a bumper 100 page ‘Liverpool Post’ instead, published every Thursday. In addition, local freebie papers The Bootle Times, Merseymart and Star are to be merged into two and feature in the Tuesday edition of the Liverpool Echo. It’s been a bloody and brutal year right across the publishing world, so this news isn’t completely surprising. But we’re rather sad: not only will it see a handful of job losses, the paper brings a much-needed equilibrium to the city’s print world. While the Echo is usually rammed with salivating headline-grabbing stories, exposés and lifestyle pieces, the Post plugs the gap for people who want their news a little calmer and more balanced. Not to mention the fact it’s a real institution, and we’ve enjoyed a lot of their always-excellent arts and business coverage. Its parent company Trinity Mirror confirm it’ll still be serving news daily via the Daily Post website, and we’re sure the 100 page weekly will be a decent and articulate read. But the loss of its daily edition is a seriously sombre moment for our city. What do you think? Add your thoughts below… Posted November 24, 2011 – 11 comments 11 Responses to “Liverpool Daily Post to become weekly ‘Liverpool Post’” Joe November 24, 2011 A sad day indeed. Although I’m no longer a permanent Liverpool resident, I still keep up to date via the Daily Post website… however, as is the case with most local news sites, it’s dreadful to read from and navigate. Hopefully, Trinity Mirror will invest some cash in to the Echo and Post websites. Give us more, bigger photos for a start! November 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm Chris Gibson November 24, 2011 Bad times. November 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm thetrestles November 24, 2011 thetrestles A sad day. More jobs lost at a company making a lot of money. Where do you go now for an offline quality review, interview of feature? The dumbing down of newspapers continues apace… November 24, 2011 at 1:33 pm FionaS November 24, 2011 A sad day indeed – although I guess in some ways I’m as culpable as anyone. I used to be a daily buyer, but got fed up with ’em when the started giving it away for free in town and charging the rest of us through the nose for it. But the Post is quality – and generally balanced – coverage of local issues that affect us all, despite cuts that have had an inevitable affect on quality and range. I guess it was never going to regain the understanding of its management team from the day Mirror Group snapped it up… November 24, 2011 at 1:37 pm RonnieHughes November 24, 2011 It is sad, but actually if it continues as a daily website, well that’s where I read it anyway. Just hope it’s actually maintained every day by proper journalists as it is now. November 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm Susan Finch November 24, 2011 will really miss it – a real shame. November 24, 2011 at 2:49 pm Onenightinbangkok November 24, 2011 It’s been coming for years and rightly so. The fact is the Post has been a shadow of its former self for at least five years. It is no thicker than half a dozen playing cards stacked on top of each other, it has no jazz, it has lost the majority of its readership through “natural wastage” (ie the bulk of its Wirral based readership is literally dying) and it is the least inspiring daily paper in the region. On top of that, the Echo and Post editorial desks merged around three years ago so, in reality, they have become the same paper, particularly due to the printing deadlines now imposed on both newspapers. In the old days, journalist X wrote the Post splash at 8pm for the next morning’s paper while journalist Y got into the office at 6.30am to write the Echo splash for the 8.45am first edition deadline. Not any more. And I should know. What happens now is that both papers are effectively morning or “overnighters” and therefore it makes little commercial sense to have the Post and Echo muscling for the same readers/advertising revenue. A sorry, sad state of affairs and its not really anyone’s fault at Old Hall Street. It’s the way the world is going. Penny Farthings were a decent mode of transport until the car arrived… November 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm Kevin Donovan November 24, 2011 Washed away on the tide of Mammon and new technology and the flush from Murdoch’s toilet. Bring back the Liverpool Free Press. November 24, 2011 at 5:42 pm SevenStreets November 24, 2011 Interesting insight. Thanks for commenting. It’s been particularly sad as a consumer to see the Daily Post become thinner and thinner over the past few years – and, picking up the Echo, it’s definitely just much of the same writing. But the Daily Post overall has a particularly nice tone, and it’s nicely free of the Echo’s sensationalism. Nobody really knows what the way forward is for the industry, but it looks like this type of downsizing is going to keep being a regular occurance. Sigh. November 24, 2011 at 5:55 pm Robin Brown November 24, 2011 I’m surprised it took as long as it did: http://www.liverpoolcultureblog.co.uk/2009/07/trinity-mirror-move-pitches-echo-and-post-against-one-another/ November 24, 2011 at 6:37 pm Venue grieving: The Masque shuts down | Sevenstreets November 28, 2011 […] it’s been a rough November in the city. First the grandfather of newspapers, the Daily Post, announces it’s to be cut down to a weekly, and today (November 28th) we hear that Seel Street venue The Masque has shut […] November 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply. You must be logged in to post a comment.