Morley Observer & Advertiser
It was founded in 1871 as the Morley Observer and kept that title until 1957, when it became the Morley News & Observer. Six years later it reversed the order to become the Morley Observer & News; it readopted its original title in its centenary year of 1971. It became the Morley Observer & Advertiser in 2005; a sub-edition, the South Leeds Observer, was absorbed into the main title in the same year.
It’s part of the Reporter Group of newspapers, published by the Yorkshire Weekly Newspaper Group division of Johnston Press. The editorial offices in Queen Street in Morley closed in July 2011, and the paper’s staff are now based in Dewsbury at the offices of the Dewsbury Reporter. The website directs written enquiries to YNWG’s headquarters in Wakefield – although Johnston Press announced in August 2012 that those premises would also be closing as part of their ongoing economy measures.
It comes out on Wednesdays.
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