Out with old, in with new

Surrey Herald/News - - SPORT - Clive Youl­ton

IT is the end of an era for the Sur­rey Her­ald, tra­di­tion­ally a Chert­sey news­pa­per, and one which, in the mid-1980s, was a broad­sheet about to be trans­formed into a tabloid. So, there is a nice irony 30 years on that for the peo­ple of Run­nymede and Spelthorne, their very own broad­sheet re­turns to the shelves next week in the form of a brand-new Sur­rey Ad­ver­tiser edi­tion. We all know there has been a fun­da­men­tal change in so­ci­ety, the ad­vent of dig­i­tal me­dia and a press-abut­ton-for-news-right-now age hav­ing for­ever al­tered the land­scape on a once wholly-vi­able print business model. In­deed, the first suc­cess­ful English daily, The Daily Courant, be­gan pub­lish­ing in 1702. So while it is sad on the one hand to lose ti­tles such as the 122-year-old Her­ald (and Staines & Ash­ford News), it is also in­evitable that cer­tain sta­ples in the print diet are dis­ap­pear­ing. But Her­ald read­ers need not despair, as their sport­ing needs, as well as news of course, will be ful­filled in the Ad­ver­tiser, while our award-win­ning Get­Sur­rey web­site will con­tinue to be at the fore­front of break­ing sto­ries across the county while pro­duc­ing a va­ri­ety of un­ri­valled qual­ity con­tent. Anal­y­sis, com­ment and re­port­ing still work in print – and the Ad­ver­tiser is proof of that. Sport in the area thrives and you can follow the for­tunes of all the clubs in the two bor­oughs, while the ar­eas around Esher, Walton, Wey­bridge and Mole­sey will con­tinue to be fea­tured in the Ad­ver­tiser’s Elm­bridge edi­tion. For those of you who have con­trib­uted to the Her­ald sport over the years, we thank you. And we would urge you to keep send­ing in your sto­ries ( clive. youl­ton@ t rin­i­tymir­ror.com) so we can con­tinue to high­light your achieve­ments, right through from youth to elite. So, although we say a fond farewell to what has be­come an in­sti­tu­tion, it is time to embrace the fu­ture by de­liv­er­ing your lo­cal sports cov­er­age in the Ad­ver­tiser (Run­nymede & Spelthorne), out next week. See you on the other side.

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