The staff at local newspaper title, the Midlothian Advertiser, are to relocate to the offices of The Scotsman, both papers owned by publishers, Johnston Press.
The news was officially announced by the Advertiser's editor, Jo Robinson, who says: “I can now officially announce that, on June 22, the Advertiser’s office in Dalkeith High Street will close. Although our team will be based seven miles down the road at our head office in Holyrood, I can assure you that we will continue to work at the heart of the community.”
She continues: “We will continue to represent your interests at public meetings; to visit schools, homes, businesses and community organisations; and to champion the cause of local issues.
“Like many others, our business has been hit by the current economic challenges and we’ve been compelled to find ways of saving money.
“It wasn’t a decision that was taken lightly but, ultimately, it came down to a choice between buildings or people. The good news is that nobody will be losing their job as part of the move. We will still have a dedicated team producing newspapers for Midlothian and East Lothian, we’ll simply be working from a different office. We are currently exploring ways of helping reporters work out in the field, so you should be seeing even more of us, rather than less. Watch out for details of when and where you can pop along to meet your local reporter.
“Copy that is hand-delivered to our Dalkeith office will be collected regularly and post will be redirected. Contact phone numbers and email addresses remain unchanged.”