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Final edition: Two south of Scotland newspapers close

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Two south of Scotland newspapers will roll off the printing presses for the last time this week.

The Hawick News and Selkirk Weekend Advertiser are being axed by owners JPI Media to cut costs.

The company says the move is to protect its "long-term stability of the business."

No jobs will be lost as a result of the closures, with affected staff set to be moved to other JPI newspapers.

A further eight regional titles across the UK are also set to be discontinued including:

  • Morley Observer and Advertiser
  • Tyrone Times
  • Epworth Bells
  • Worthing Advertiser
  • Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
  • Portsmouth View
  • Wharfe Valley Time
  • The Hayling Islander
Hawick News is amongst the ten newspapers set to close. Credit: ITV Border

Founded in 2018, JPI Media took over from Johnston Press following the sale of the company to its creditors.

The company is a journalism giant in the UK, running well-known national newspapers such as the Independent, the Guardian and the Evening Standard.

A statement released my JPI media:

The decision to close these titles has not been taken lightly, but it is crucial that we focus all our efforts on the long-term stability of the business and deliver newspapers and websites which can sustain our business for the long term."

“We would like to thank all our readers and advertisers for their support through the decades, and we hope they will understand why we have made this decision in these challenging times.”

– JPI spokesperson

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