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Psst? Wanna buy a local paper? The Woking News and Mail is still up for grabs, following the recent sale by the Guardian Media Group of nearly all its regional newspapers, including the Surrey Advertiser, to Trinity Mirror.  The reason that the sale of the News and Mail did not go through as well is understood to be the fact that Trinity Mirror already owned the competing newspaper in Woking. So, having decamped to Stoke Mill in Guildford to join the Surrey Ad, the News and Mail finds itself in the position of slightly less welcome lodger. Is it too much to hope that, assuming another buyer is found for the News and Mail,  the paper will eventually return to the town it serves?  Despite its recent rejig into a tabloid format, and the fact that it doesn’t give away all its stories on the web, its paid-for circulation is  down to 6,856, a fall of 10.9%, which places it below the Romsey Advertiser but just above the Beccles and Bungay Journal in a recent league table of regional newspaper sales Let’s hope a buyer can be found that recognises the role of the News and Mail and that of its freesheet sister The Woking Review as a historic asset to the town.

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