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Newspaper publisher closing Gloucester office

The Gloucester office of two of the county's major newspapers is to shut as part of plans for journalists to work largely from home.

The Citizen and Gloucestershire Echo, together with the Gloucestershire Live website, have been based at Gloucester Quays since 2017.

But publishers Reach - formerly Trinity Mirror - has told journalists across the UK they will continue to work from home.

It will continue to operate 15 hub offices across the country with Bristol the nearest base for Gloucestershire journalists.

Gloucestershire Live content and audience editor Jenni Phillips tweeted: "Don't worry Gloucestershire people - the team is still living and working here, we are still part of your local community and once we are allowed out and about again, you'll be seeing a lot more of us."

The Echo and Citizen shared offices in Cheltenham before the papers switched from daily to weekly in 2017 and moved to Gloucester. They had previously had separate offices.

Reach, the UK's largest regional publisher which also prints the Mirror, Express and Star, said a survey of staff found working from home suited their needs

A company statement said: "Colleagues will either be home-based or working mainly from home with regular office attendance, and around a quarter permanently office-based, working from one of 15 hubs around the country.

"We're pleased to be investing in all our hubs to provide more modern, flexible working environments.

"This solution provides increased flexibility with the ability to have access to meeting space to recapture face-to-face collaboration and a social element - when lockdown rules allow."

By contrast, staff at Mail Online will return to the office for one week in every three from the end of March.

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