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Basingstoke Observer

The Basingstoke Observer is a weekly freesheet tabloid newspaper delivered to homes and available from various distribution points in the town of Basingstoke and surrounding parts of northern Hampshire, including the nearby towns of Hook, Oakley, Overton, Whitchurch, Kingsclere and Tadley.

It was founded in April 2000 and claims to be “Your truly independent British owned newspaper” (the town’s other two newspapers are produced by Newsquest, which is owned by the US-based Gannett Company). The previous publisher, TriMedia Newspapers, went into administration in October 2012; the company’s managing director, Howard Taylor, was able to rescue it under the new name Taylor Newspapers.

The editorial offices were in Basingstoke, but moved to Didcot in March 2013 as part of a planned partnership between Taylor Newspapers and That’s Oxford TV.

It comes out on Thursdays. A free e-edition’s also available on the website.

  • Address:
  • Basingstoke Observer
    Newspaper House
    4a Hawksworth

    OX11 7HR
  • Tel:
  • 01235 516930