JOHNSTON Press, the publishers of the Blackpool Gazette, has refuted claims the title is to be turned from a daily to a weekly newspaper.
The company announced plans this week to turn five of its daily titles into weekly publications supported by daily online publishing.
The Halifax Courier, Northampton Chronicle & Echo, Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph, Peterborough Evening Telegraph and Scarborough Evening News will move to a weekly print publishing schedule from the end of May - but there are no plans to change the publishing frequency of the daily titles in Lancashire, including The Gazette, The Lancashire Evening Post and The Wigan Evening Post.
Gary Fearon, managing director of the Johnston Press North West Publishing Unit, said: “Our daily titles – along with our stable of weekly newspapers in the county – have a long and proud tradition of serving their local communities and are successful operations that are well respected.
“Our titles are at the heart of the communities they serve and we are committed to reporting local news and continuing to serve as a powerful platform for readers’ views and concerns.
“We recognise the value of our loyal readership and will continue to serve it in whatever format is required.
“While we clearly need to be mindful of audience demands and trading conditions, we have no current plans to convert our daily titles to weekly publications.”