Chiswick Post newspaper folds

Owners say lack of support from local businesses caused closure

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After only three editions Chiswick's new free weekly newspaper will no longer be hitting doormats across the area.

The paper, which had been set up by local residents Tim Potter and Claire LeDain who both used to work in the television industry, has closed.

Tim said, "Unfortunately we were unable to secure the long term backing of local businesses needed for the success of the newspaper. We would like to thank all readers who contacted us with words of support and also the local businesses who showed interest in our venture."

Local residents have suggested that a sudden rise in the amount of content in 'The Chiswick' newspaper was a calculated attempt to force the fledgling operation out of business. The Chiswick is part of the Newsquest group which in turn is owned by Gannet one of the largest publishers of regional newspapers in the world. Hounslow Council have also come under fierce criticism for launching their own publication - HM Magazine - in competition with other local media.

September 16, 2004