Herts and Essex Observer

The Herts and Essex Observer  was first published on April 6, 1861, under the title of the Bishop’s Stortford Observer before the name was changed to the Herts and Essex Observer a year later. A rival publication, the Bishop’s Stortford Gazette, was merged with the Observer shortly after its launch. It is a paid-for newspaper published every Thursday and covers an area focused on Bishop’s Stortford, taking in surrounding towns and villages, including, Sawbridgeworth, Dunmow and Saffron Walden.



Source: ABC Jan-Dec 2015

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Source: JICREG Nov 2016

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The place to advertise

The Herts & Essex Observer and hertfordshiremercury.co.uk contain fantastic advertising platforms and opportunities both in-paper and online.

Why advertise online?

Advertising on our website as well as in the newspaper increases the opportunities for your advert to be seen and recalled throughout the day reaching people browsing the very latest local news and sport. Reach our audience from the minute they wake up until the moment they go to sleep while they browse at work, on the go and at home. In an increasingly digital world, our online advertising solutions deliver some of the richest benefits demonstrated by any media channel.

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Source: Omniture February 2018

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Source: Omniture February 2018

Readership Profile

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