is a local newspaper
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based in Brighton and Hove in East Sussex
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, with editions serving the city of Brighton and Hove
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and the other parts of both East and West Sussex
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Founded in 1880, and for many years known as the Evening Argus
, it is owned by Newsquest
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(since 1999, part of the US Gannett media group
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) which had in 1996 bought the Argus
and its sister Westminster Press titles from the provincial papers group's parent, the Pearson Group
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It reached a peak circulation of 100,000 in the early 1980s but, like most of its counterparts in the British regional press, has since experienced a considerable decline in sales. In the period December 2010-June 2011, it had an average daily circulation of 24,949. In 2010, the average issue was read by 67,656 people.
Newsquest has launched Argus Lite
, a free weekly edition for distribution to commuters at some Sussex railway stations to compete with free daily newspapers from London, notably Metro
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. It also publishes free weeklies, including the Brighton and Hove Leader
, the Mid Sussex Leader
, the Uckfield Leader
and the South Coast Leader
for door-to-door delivery to homes.