The Surrey Advertiser is a newspaper for Surrey, England which was established in 1864 and gradually evolved into the Surrey Advertiser Group of seven more localised titles. Guardian Media Group sold the Group to current owner Trinity Mirror in 2010. The head office is in Stoke Mill, Guildford.
In March 2009 the News and Mail Series ended in the light of the more recent parallel titles within the same group which covered the same areas, principally the Surrey Herald: (various locality editions) and Guardian series. These three current titles, altogether, have the highest local paper circulation in Surrey. The series has moved universally to colour format. The Group is collectively branded also as the Get Surrey group, particularly its web presence.
Its history is one of multiple acquisitions to expand its territory. The largest single expansion was in 2009 when GMG bought the Esher News & Mail Group another broadsheet weekly newspaper first published in 1936. This added five editions, covering towns in the Elmbridge borough of Surrey.
The primary newspaper is the weekly Surrey Advertiser itself with seven regional versions (Guildford, Cranleigh, Godalming, Woking, Elmbridge, Leatherhead, and Dorking). The group also produces other, more local, series including the Aldershot News & Mail series. The Surrey Advertiser and the Woking News & Mail were acquired by Surrey and Berkshire Media, a branch of the Guardian Media Group. However, The Surrey Advertiser and associated papers were sold to Trinity Mirror in April while the latter title and the Review series are the only regional paper that remain with the Guardian Media Group.
The more localised series covers the less rurally buffered north of the county and its titles are:
- Surrey Herald:
Surrey Times Series
Surrey Times currently refers to three newspapers: the Guildford Times, Godalming Times, and the Cranleigh Times. The papers, established in 1855 and now published and printed by Surrey & Berkshire Media Ltd, are distributed free to local residents, with a verified free distribution over thirty-two thousand copies.
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The Surrey Advertiser and all related Trinity Mirror Southern titles are chief edited by former BBC journalist Marnie Wilson.
Current prominent editorial staff on the paper include:
- Matt 'Strudders' Strudwick - reporter
In October 2009 the Surrey Advertiser won two awards at the EDF Energy London and the South of England Media Awards 2009.
The Surrey Advertiser was joint winner of the Community Campaign of the Year award, alongside the Gravesend and Dartford Messenger.
At just under 17 months old, Get Surrey won its award at the first time of asking, the judges remarking that the website “turned a weekly into a daily”.
Former News and Mail Series
The editions were:
- Esher News & Mail
- Walton and Hersham News & Mail
- Cobham News & Mail
- Molesey News & Mail
- Weybridge News & Mail
It was part of the Surrey Advertiser Group, owned by the Guardian Media Group
In March 2009 its closure was announced as part of the restructuring plans of the owning group who opened parallel titles which cover the same areas, principally instead its Surrey Herald: (various locality editions) and Guardian series. The relevant replacements have moved to colour, tabloid format.
- "Guildford Times No 10,097". Surrey & Berkshire Newspapers Ltd. 2007-04-14.
- "Two closures and 95 jobs axed at GMG south regionals" Owen Amos, Press Gazette. Retrieved 2014-01-11
- "Surrey Advertiser Online- Paper Subscriptions". Retrieved 2007-04-18.
- Official website GetSurrey.co.uk
- Jobs website getthejob.co.uk
- March 2009 Amalgamation Press Gazette. Retrieved 2014-01-11