New countywide news site for Cheshire announced by Reach; publisher appointed

Cheshire Live — a new one-stop digital shop for live news, sport and entertainment across Cheshire — is one week away from launching on September 13.

The new site will bring the Chester Chronicle, Crewe Chronicle and Macclesfield Express websites together under the same umbrella.

Knutsford — one of the Cheshire towns to get enhanced coverage on CheshireLive

As well as continuing to serve the communities of its print editions, Cheshire Live will also be the home of news from towns including Warrington, Knutsford, Wilmslow, Congleton, Ellesmere Port, Runcorn and Widnes.

Reach owns the Crewe Chronicle, Macclesfield Express and Chester Chronicle in Cheshire, along with the Runcorn and Widnes News in neighbouring Halton.

The Liverpool Echo, Manchester Evening News and Stoke Sentinel all cover parts of Cheshire online as well. will be a seven-days-a-week operation and will be staffed from 6.30am every weekday, when coverage will begin with a breaking news blog covering the latest traffic and travel woes of commuters using the extensive motorway network which dominates Cheshire’s geography.

The site will cover crime, politics, food and drink, what’s on for families, nightlife, jobs, and all the latest chatter from sports teams Chester FC, Crewe Alex FC, Macclesfield Town FC and Warrington Wolves.

The Macclesfield Express and CheshireLive will work hand-in-hand

Publisher Fran Barrett says: “Up until now, people in Cheshire have not had a definitive and comprehensive county-wide online service they can turn to — but Cheshire Live is about to change that.

“The Live model affords us the valuable opportunity to not be as restricted by the perceived ‘traditional’ scope and remit of a newspaper’s digital counterpart.

“As publisher, it’s a real honour for me to get up to head up this next — and very exciting — chapter for our titles in Cheshire.

“Cheshire Live will re-define the media landscape of the county, and will allow us to finally exploit the bags of potential it has to offer.”

Cheshire is the latest countywide site launch from Reach. In recent years websites which operated under print titles have been merged into countywide sites in Essex, Kent, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Lincolnshire.

They are among the fastest growing sites at Reach.