At The Courier we value and respect our readers; it is your communities we serve.
It is for this reason that I wanted to let you know in advance that on Monday we will be increasing the price of The Courier from 85p to 95p. The Saturday Courier will also increase from 90p to £1.10.
It is widely known that we are working in an increasingly challenging commercial market for newspapers and the cost of paper, ink and fuel have all increased significantly in the last year.
By raising the cover price we will be able to keep investing in our print and digital products, ensuring that we continue to maintain our proud 200-year history of powerful, local journalism. We will be revealing our new food and drink magazine, The Menu, next Saturday and unveiling our weekend sports supplement.
I realise the price rise will not be popular but we know that price is not the only factor for readers choosing The Courier over other, often more expensive, newspaper brands: editorial quality, local content and a local voice matter greatly too. To this end we will continue to try to improve our standards and further invest in our journalism bringing you the best news, features, comment and analysis from our part of the world.
We hope you continue to enjoy The Courier in the year ahead and we wish all our readers a very happy new year and best wishes for 2017.