AT LEAST three parties are known to have been interested in buying the View From series of free weekly newspapers which cover Lyme Regis, Bridport, Beaminster, Dorchester and Weymouth.
The company’s founder Philip Evans announced just before Christmas that he would have to put his Dorset titles into administration and see shut them down unless a buyer could be found.
View From Publishing is based in Lyme Regis and was employing 28 people, making the enterprise one of the town’s biggest private sector employers.
Parties interested in saving View From series and jobs:
Tindle Newspapers, famous for its stable of small newspapers – Tindle put in two offers. Tindle previously bought View From titles in Devon and Somerset.
Karl Wallace, the Bridport-based district and county councillor. He liked the idea of doing something for the community and saving jobs. He looked at the books but did not make an offer.
A mystery publishing group based near London. It is this group that is now on the verge of clinching a deal with Mr Evans.
(Speculation: Could this be Archant, based just north of London, who publish the Midweek Herald, which mostly covers East Devon but touches on Lyme Regis, and the Dorset Magazine?)
Mr Evans has NOT wished to comment on negotiations so as not to jeopardise them in any way, but he is understood to be confident that View From titles will continue publication under new ownership.
A public statement about the deal is expected later.