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Langholm community group takes over local newspaper

Miller Hogg (l) and David Stevenson (r). Credit: CN Group

A community group based in the south of Scotland has taken over its local newspaper.

Muckle Toon Media CIC, which is registered as a community interest company, has taken ownership of the Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser.

The paper used to be run by Carlisle-based media organisation the CN Group.

It had been losing money, but CN Group opted to hand it over to the community, rather than closing it down.

The newspaper will continue to provide local news for people in Langholm, and villages in the nearby Eskdale and Liddesdale valleys.

Muckle Toon Media says it will be able to run the newspaper for at least another two years.

Local newspapers are the lifeblood of rural communities and with the problems which Langholm has experienced in recent years, it is important that the E&L continues to champion its regeneration, support its residents and businesses who make it such a special place to live and work.

After 168 years of existence, it would have been a shame to have let the title go quietly!

– David Stevenson of Muckle Toon Media

CN Media will continue to provide printing and publishing support.

I believe strongly in community media and where possible, if not viable in the hands of bigger publishers, then local community trusts should be sought before any closure is instigated.

– Miller Hogg, Chief executive of CN Group