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The news publishers have joined forces to make every national newspaper available for Home News Delivery for the first time in a response to escalating COVID-19 crisis.

All national newspapers are offering between 6-12 weeks free home delivery, paid for by the publisher, extending existing Deliver My Newspaper, Home News Delivery initiative.

With Reach deciding to join the initiative, all national newspapers are now available for HND including The Sun, The Times, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Mirror, The Express, The Daily Record, The Guardian, The i, The Scotsman and The Star.

Many local newspapers have teamed up separately to offer free Home News Delivery to readers through targeted retailers, with Newsquest running a local HND scheme.

“Supermarkets are under increasing pressure from customers and independent retailers must play their part in both feeding and informing the nation,” commented Stuart Reddish, national president of NFRN.

“Through HND independents will not just be opening an important new revenue opportunity at a time of business uncertainty but undertaking a vital public service for the over 70s, those self isolating and the most vulnerable in our society.”

David Newell, chief executive at News Media Association, added: “The role of newspapers in this unprecedented time of national upheaval is to inform and advise readers on how to stay safe with considered analysis of the latest developments.

“Their pages will be important in guiding the country through this crisis and providing vital content for both those isolated at home and working across the country.

“Thank you to all retailers for all you are doing for the country at this difficult time.”