Out with old, in with new
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.