Over 900 people have signed a petition to save the Black Country Bugle paper and keep it in Dudley.
The petition was set up by Dudley MP Ian Austin to show the strength of local opposition to plans that would see the Bugle moved to Tamworth.
The Bugle’s parent company Trinity Mirror have announced the move alongside plans to cut the number of reporters at the paper and leave it without an editor. The company is currently consulting with staff over the plans.
The Bugle is well-known throughout the region and has been in operation for 45 years, and currently operates from Dudley Archives.
Austin is hoping to meet with representatives of Trinity Mirror to put its plans on hold so that alternative plans to keep the paper running at its current location can be considered.
Ian Austin said:
“There’s clearly massive support for keeping the Bugle here in Dudley, with 900 local residents signing this petition in just a few days.
“I’ve been reading the Bugle for over 30 years. It does a brilliant job highlighting all that’s great about the Black Country and our history I triggering the industrial revolution and changing the whole of the world.
“Moving this Black Country institution to Tamworth is a ridiculous idea. This petition should make Trinity Mirror think twice and look at alternative plans to save jobs and keep the paper in the heart of the Black Country where it belongs.”