Your Gazette is shaping up for a new generation

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BIG changes are on the cards for your leading weekly newspaper – and that includes big improvements that will make your Gazette even better value for money.

When it was first published more than 150 years ago the Gazette adopted the broadsheet format, which was universal at the time.

But now just one national title is sticking with the bigger shape, and the Gazette is the only weekly newspaper in Herts still published as a broadsheet.

We’ve talked to readers, community leaders and advertisers and their response was overwhelming: Give us more local news, but make it easier for us to handle.

So that’s exactly what we are doing.

From Wednesday, September 14, the Gazette will be published in compact format – but we’re not just changing to an easier to handle shape.

The flexibility that the change provides means that we’ll be able to bring you more local news and pictures, more sport, more leisure and what’s on information – and lots of new features that will help you make the most of life in West Herts.

Gazette editor John Francis said: “A lot of hard work has already gone into preparing for the change and our team is really looking forward to making the most of the opportunities that the new format offers.

“Regular readers will still find all their favourite features, but we’ve got some great added extras lined up and I’ll be interested to hear what people think of what we’re doing – and what else they would like to see.”

Even though the Gazette will be expanding its unrivalled local news coverage, the cover price will remain at 55p and subscribers can make big savings on the price of their paper by taking advantage of our subscription offers – visit for more details.

We’ll be telling you more about what’s in store in next week’s final broadsheet edition of the Gazette – don’t miss it, it’s going to be a collector’s edition!