Two of the UK’s leading Jewish newspapers are to go into liquidation.
The Jewish Chronicle and the Jewish News have stated that they are unable to survive the impact of the coronavirus epidemic in its current form.
Newspaper boards, which announced plans to merge in February, have said they expect the liquidation to be finalized in the coming weeks.
They said that “every effort” would be made to continue publishing during this period.
Newspapers on Wednesday announced their plans “with great sadness” in similar statements.
Write on Twitter, Stephen Pollard, editor of the Jewish Chronicle, said it was “devastating news for us.”
Jewish News Editor Richard Ferrer said it was “a sad day for [the] 55 employees on both titles and the community they serve. “
In its statement published on its website, the Jewish Chronicle stated that its owner, the Kessler Foundation, “was actively working” to secure a future for the newspaper after the liquidation.
The Jewish News said it was working with the charitable foundation to secure its own future after the liquidation.
Staff should be laid off at both outlets.
“I was JC [Jewish Chronicle] columnist since 1998, ” Jonathan Freedland wrote on Twitter. ” My father [Michael] wrote for the newspaper for 67 years, starting in 1951.
“It is no exaggeration to say that it is the beating heart of the British Jewish community. We must not allow him to die. “
Guardian columnist Hadley Freeman said it was “terrible, terrible news”.
Founded in 1841, the Jewish Chronicle is the oldest continuously published Jewish newspaper in the world.
Jewish News was created in 1997 and is distributed free of charge every week.
The news comes as the global Jewish community prepares to celebrate the annual Passover festival.