MediaGuardian: Associated backs Standard move; what now for London Lite?

Associated Newspapers, which stayed as a minority shareholder in the Evening Standard after its acquisition by Alexander Lebedev in February, has financially backed the title’s decision to go free from next Monday.

Standard editor Geordie Greig has also denied the move will mean redundancies for existing employees.

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Elsewhere, MediaGuardian’s Stephen Brook considers the future of fellow Associated freesheet the London Lite in the wake of the Standard’s announcement.

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