THE Banbury Guardian newspaper has launched a new period in its 172-year history this week by publishing in a new, compact format.
The Guardian has switched from its traditional broadsheet format following months of research and planning.
Jason Gibbins, editor of the Banbury Guardian, said: "These are incredibly exciting times for the Banbury Guardian and we are confident our readers and advertisers will approve of the new look.
"An exhaustive amount of work has been undertaken to make this historic move, which I believe offers a more attractive package to new and existing readers and advertisers."
Readers got their first chance to see the new product this morning (Thursday) and were quick to approve of the change in format.
Chris Harrison, of West Street, Banbury, was among the first to email the Banbury Guardian newsroom, saying: "The Banbury Guardian new look is much better to read – carry on the good work."
All news and features from the broadsheet Banbury Guardian have been transferred to the new product and can now be found in colour-coded sections for news, opinion, Guardian country, leisure and sport.
And in an added incentive for people to buy this week's compact launch edition, four lucky readers will win 50.
Inserted inside random editions of the paper, on sale now, are four Big Ticket vouchers which can be redeemed at the Banbury Guardian's North Bar offices.
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