THE Oldham Chronicle’s revamped website has gone live, less than six months after the title ceased publication when parent company, Hirst, Kidd and Rennie Ltd, went into administration in August 2017.
Credible Media, which owns local radio station Revolution 96.2, purchased the 163-year-old Chronicle in October, along with the rights to high-quality quarterly magazines Oldham Business Edge, the Knowledge and lifestyle publication, Signature.
The new website announced the title’s return, saying: “Now, your Chronicle is back, and news of the online return has been heralded by former readers of all standing, from both inside and outside the Oldham borough boundaries”
They included Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams, who said: “The Chron has been the voice of Oldham for over 160 years so it’s great that the title is adapting to a new online format.
“I wish the team every success as they start a new chapter in the Chron’s history. Here’s to the next 160 years!”
Former Chronicle news reporter John Stapleton, now a national television household name, tweeted: “Brilliant news. All the best to everyone concerned.”
Chadderton’s Simon Wood, the 2015 MasterChef winner and now owner of the Wood restaurant in Manchester, said: “It’s great to have this long-standing Oldham media outlet back up and running.
“The place wasn’t the same without you.”
Journalist Simon Smedley is the latest former staffer to have joined the team on the new Chronicle. He spent five years with the paper before its demise, and now returns with a brief of collating and editing content for the new informative site. He will lead the Chronicle’s breaking news coverage.