We no longer have a newspaper being written in out town after 163 years of reporting the local news.
I enjoy reading my local newspaper, my local newspaper tells me what happens in Hamilton and tells me about local community events and it even does little things that gives a newspaper a personal touch such as ‘Reader of the week’ & sections such as ‘You said it’.
On Friday when I got home from work after a long hard week and as I do every Friday, I sat down at my dining room table to unwind while reading my favourite newspaper and to my surprise I read a small column on page 4 to let the faithful readers of the Hammy Ad know that the newspaper was to leave Hamilton.
Some people say to me, what has Hamilton got that makes it a great town? I answer, we have our very own town centre with a fairly good choice of shops, indoor shopping & outdoor, we have a retail park and we have our very own football team. How many people can boast of having a town which is surrounded by forest and county parks and with its very own Racecourse? And I did used to say, we are one of the few towns who has its very own newspaper!
Now, the Hamilton Advertiser is being taken away from us and will be a Glasgow tabloid. Yes, people will still send things to the newspaper, but for me this is just taking away the ‘Personal Touch’ that our newspaper has always had.
The Hamilton Advertiser was first set up in Hamilton as the Hamilton Herald and was first published in 1856. Back then based in Campbell Street the journalists were embedded within the community and recorded the news every week when it happened. The newspaper would then be written at the Campbell Street news office and even printed on the very same building.
Jumping ahead in time when technology changed, and the internet changed the way most of us read our news. The newspaper was still very involved in our community and sent the weekly print by email to the printers, but there has always still been a presence in the community. The reporters were still out in the street and were still part of our community.
The newspaper was taken over by Scottish & Universal Newspapers LTD many years ago, but yes, it still ran as our town’s local newspaper and even though the newspaper had new owners, it was still seen to be “our” local newspaper.
I was the very last customer to purchase something from the Campbell Street newspaper building before it closed and was one of the first to purchase a newspaper from the new premises in Duke Street and now our towns very own newspaper has turned its back on us! The Hamilton Advertiser is now a Glasgow newspaper.
I firmly believe that the newspaper owes so much more to us, than a tiny corner printed on the bottom of a page that might go unmissed. Why has the editor not given this week’s edition a centre spread with a couple of pages to say goodbye?
Yes, they can remotely write the news from their Glasgow office, but for myself who has been an avid readier of the Hamilton Advertiser for as long as I can remember, then this is nit good enough!
The move from Hamilton will now take the shine away from our ‘Local’ newspaper and with 163 years of reporting History in Hamilton just brushed aside and not even respectfully mentioned to the loyal readers, then this has been a bad choice on behalf of the owners and I would also ask the editor why did the good people of Hamilton not get a say in our historic newspaper being moved away to a different city.