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October 27, 2009    

Uncertain future at London Lite Newspapers

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by Kay Murchie

Free evening newspaper, London Lite, has seen its future thrown into doubt today after its owner Associated Newspapers said it would begin a consultation with its employees.

London Lite, which is currently losing almost £10 million a year, was launched on 30 August 2006 but its owner has recently expressed concern about the “commercial viability” of the paper.

The paper employs 36 staff and has a circulation of 400,000.

The news comes just a month after its rival, The London Paper, owned by News International, ceased publication.

The only other free newspapers left in the capital are the Standard and morning paper the Metro.

Steve Auckland, managing director of Associated Newspapers free division, comments: “The latest development in the London afternoon free newspaper space dictates that we look again at the future of London Lite,”

“Despite reaching a large audience with an excellent editorial format, we are concerned about the commercial viability in this highly competitive area,” added Auckland.

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