This week the team behind Archant’s Ilford Recorder launched a new paper for the Wanstead and Woodford area - giving readers more news and better accessibility to the leading title in the borough.
The Recorder has been at the heart of Ilford, and latterly Redbridge, for the past 119 years and this step will further cement their standing in the community.
Residents in the Wanstead and Woodford areas will now have a dedicated newspaper with a strong focus on community news and a platform for the issues which matter.
Speaking of the new launch, executive editor Chris Carter said “As editor of the Ilford Recorder for the past 21 years – during which we have always spoken for the whole borough – I have a strong affinity with the area.
“I have made it my mission to champion the causes of the people of the borough and, when necessary, speak up for the community. Redbridge is a melting pot of different faiths and races, who have always lived in harmony and I have determined that the Recorder should reflect that.
“Our news diet will be fair and balanced and will celebrate the positive aspects of the areas we serve, while highlighting the issues which matter to residents.”
Ralph Blackburn will step into the chief reporter’s chair, but the news team will be out and about in the areas and will be available to readers.
Besides the spotlight being on news the team will also bring readers all the latest on the entertainment scene.
Their TV and Lifestyle section focuses on the lighter side of life, while their sports team, led by sports editor Lee Power, provides a heady mix of top class football – with the regular news and reports on West Ham – and local sports.
Besides the new stronger focus on news for the Wanstead and Woodford areas, the team will be distributing more papers throughout, with brand-to-hand operations from all the major Tube stations and retail outlets.
“Our readers finally have a credible voice and we hope a newspaper of which they can be proud” said Chris.
The launch of the Wanstead and Woodford edition coincides with an increase in distribution for the Ilford Recorder.
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