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Published: October 9, 2020 | Updated: October 9, 2020

Your town in your pocket: Nub News chooses Bridport to launch its 50th online newspaper

Karl Hancock, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nub News Limited.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A fast-growing hyperlocal news network has arrived in Dorset with the launch of its 50th online local newspaper.

Bridport becomes the latest town to have its own Nub News.

Plans are being hatched to launch similar online newspapers in six other Dorset towns, including Dorchester and Wimborne.

Nub News says it is targeting communities which have been neglected by existing news providers.

Staffed by journalists, the online newspapers only contain news from the town served.

Karl Hancock, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We’ve had our eyes on Dorset for a long time.

“Bridport is full of news and crying out for the type of service we can provide.

“Other towns in Dorset, such as Blandford, Dorchester, Gillingham, Swanage, Wareham and Wimborne are on our list as well.

“We provide all the staples of a good local newspaper.

“That includes local news, community news, what’s on, local business listings, classifieds, jobs, property and obituaries.

“It’s a pleasant read with no annoying ads, pop-ups or surveys.

“I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve reached our 50th online newspaper and that it’s in Dorset.”

Lottie Welch, 27, pictured left, has been appointed Regional Editor (Dorset) and takes charge of launching Bridport Nub News.

She joins the company from the Bridport & Lyme Regis News, owned by Newsquest, publisher of the Dorset Echo and Bournemouth Daily Echo.

The first stories were uploaded on bridport.nub.news on October 2.

Lottie said: “I’m really excited to be joining the Nub News team as the brand rolls out across the country.

“Bridport is Nub News’ 50th online newspaper and I can’t wait to get back into community reporting, with a focus on hyperlocal reporting.

“I’ve lived in Bridport nearly all my life and am looking forward to sharing local people’s stories and being at the ‘nub of the matter’

“If you want to get in touch, then please email lottie.welch@nub.news

Nub News was co-founded by Karl and Dean Waghorn, Chief Technology Officer, in 2018,

The first of its hyperlocal online newspapers was launched in January 2019.

Karl spent 26 years in the City of London and is a former MD of Schroders/Citigroup and Goldman Sachs.

Latterly he was Director and Head of Sales UK for Berenberg, the German-based bank.

Nub News has secured major funding from City investors with plans to eventually roll out 700 online newspapers across the UK.

The company has recruited 35 journalists to date and says it is keen to hear from any, particularly in Dorset, who are interested in joining the expanding operation.

It currently operates in Cheshire, Cornwall, Derbyshire, Devon, Essex, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Somerset, South West London, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Surrey, Warwickshire and Wales.

‘Nubby’ – the mascot of Nub News.

Karl said: “We want to re-invent local news, engage with communities and use our technology to change the current business model.

“We are all about local news and getting to the heart of our communities.

“It’s a return to real, local grassroots journalism.

“We want to make local news easily accessible on all devices, particularly mobile, without intrusive pop-up advertising, enforced surveys or clickbait.

“Our online newspapers are sponsorship driven so we’ll be looking for sponsors.

“Moving into Dorset is a big step forward for us as we roll out across the country.

”Our mission is ‘to put your town in your pocket.’

“Judging by the feedback, response and viewing figures we’re getting, it’s filling a real gap in the market.”