The Baptist Times, one of the oldest church newspapers founded in 1855, is to close at the end of the year.
The Editor, Rev. Mark Wood, said of the closure, ‘The Baptist Times has seen a long-term decline in circulation, and the present economic climate and the pressures on newspapers in general have made it impossible to continue. This is a matter of deep regret, shared by the denomination’s leaders who have had to make the decision. As an editorially independent publication it was able to give a voice to sections of the Baptist community who would otherwise not easily be heard, and it has been a unifying force in the denomination for many years.
A new website with news, features and opinion pieces will be launched in the New Year under the Baptist Times banner, edited by Paul Hobson, our current news editor – a highly competent journalist who knows the ground very well.
We’re now planning a commemorative edition which will include articles by previous editors and other staff, and a look back at some of our proudest moments.’