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Harlow Scene (defunct)

The Harlow Scene was a short-lived weekly freesheet tabloid newspaper for the town of Harlow and surrounding smaller towns and villages in West Essex.

It was launched in September 2010 by Archant Herts & Cambs as a “news-zine”, replacing the earlier Harlow Herald (which it nominally incorporated, though the name was relegated to the contact and editorial information box inside the newspaper rather than appearing on the masthead).

It was one of a series of four Scene publications which claimed to fuse “the excitement and thrust of a newspaper with the glamour and comfort of a magazine”. The other editions covered Hertford and Ware, Broxbourne and Bishop’s Stortford. All were distributed by brand-to-hand and pickup point (including parish councils) as well as direct to households.

The editorial offices were at Archant Herts & Cambs’s head offices in Stevenage and were shared with the other editions, as was the website (which has now been pulled).

It came out on Thursdays. E-editions were also available free on the website.

The series ceased publication in June 2011. The closure was blamed on market conditions and increasing business costs.

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