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Publisher fills gap left by closure of The Buteman

The Buteman

Closing: The Buteman is the latest local paper to be closed, but a new title will emerge


Argyll Media, publisher of the Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard, has stepped in to fill the gap left by the closure of The Buteman next week.

The company will launch The Isle of Bute News this Friday, with the two titles sharing some content and local pages produced by locally-based staff.

JPIMedia – publisher of The Scotsman – decided to shut The Buteman on the grounds that the 165-year-old title had become unsustainable. The paper, which had seen its circulation dwindle to 550 copies, was produced by two staff working in Edinburgh, which had been a matter of local concern. The new paper will be produced and edited from the Dunoon office of Argyll Media.

Gordon Neish, editor of the Dunoon Observer – known locally as the Standard – and now the Isle of Bute News, said: “We are all sorry to see The Buteman will no longer be published, as the people of Bute deserve a newspaper to be their voice, and to keep them informed of what is going on, both on and around the island.

“I have thought for some time that as Bute and Cowal are physically so close to each other and have so much in common, such as a council area committee, health board – and even sports teams, that a newspaper covering both areas would be ideal.”


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