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Speculation surrounds future of two Gloucestershire newspapers

Rumours two of Gloucestershire's oldest newspapers could be set to merge are yet to be denied by the business behind both titles.

Staff at the publications are being consulted over the possible move, according to the BBC, but the newspaper group itself is making no comment.

The speculation surrounds The Forester newspaper, which has been serving the people of the county since 1874, and the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review, which also have news websites.

Both weekly newspapers are owned by Surrey-headquartered Tindle Newspapers Ltd, founded by Sir Ray Tindle, CBE, DL.

A staff member for Tindle Newspapers in the Forest of Dean told Punchline-Gloucester.com: "There is no comment at this time."

A Tweet by former editor of the Forester, Viv Hargreaves, said: "Looks more like 'consolidation'. Move both titles under one roof at Lydney and under one company.

"One editorial and sales team for both The Forester and Review and its little sister Gloucester Review."

In July last year Sir Ray announced that his son, Owen, was to replace him as chairman of the Tindle Newspapers and Radio Group.

Sir Ray famously bought his first newspaper in the early 1940s with £300 of demob money.

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