Hunt continues to find the Sunderland Echo a new home in Wearside

FOR SALE: The Sunderland Echo's Pennywell offices are on the market as owners look for more suitable accommodation within the city.
FOR SALE: The Sunderland Echo's Pennywell offices are on the market as owners look for more suitable accommodation within the city.
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NORTHEAST Press, the owner of the Sunderland Echo, is stepping up its search for new premises in the city.

And today, managing director Stephen Plews reaffirmed his pledge to keep your favourite newspaper on Wearside.

He said: “We have always worked in the heart of the Sunderland area, and we always will.

“While the ‘for sale’ signs may have gone up at our Pennywell offices, and we have had enquiries of interest, it’s business as usual and all our staff will still work out of the building until we move.

“We remain committed to Sunderland and the North East, and firmly believe that remaining close to our readers and advertisers is key to our business and ongoing success.”

All Sunderland Echo’s reporters and advertising staff work from the offices on Pennywell Industrial Estate.

The Echo House building has been the newspaper’s headquarters since 1976, but the decision was made to move into updated office premises.

Sunderland Echo editor John Szymanski has stressed the importance of keeping the newspaper as the heartbeat of the city.

He said: “We are here to serve our readers and that can’t be done without being close to them.

“The Sunderland Echo has always had a presence in the city and I’m delighted to reaffirm our commitment to Sunderland.

“It’s great to hear that the search for a new home in Sunderland is being stepped up.”