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Last Updated: Friday, 6 April 2007, 00:17 GMT 01:17 UK
New newspaper launched on Arran
The Banner and the Voice
Arran's residents will now have their pick of two local titles
A newspaper war has broken out on Arran after a new publication launched which will take on the island's only paper.

The Arran Voice hopes to attract the island's 5,000 residents away from the Arran Banner, which was set up in 1975 and bought by the Oban Times in 2003.

The Banner featured in record books for once having the most sales per head of population anywhere in the world.

The new paper was the brainchild of disgruntled Banner readers who said the paper had lost its local identity.

The Arran Voice costs 65p and promises "a fresh new look and hi-tech advertising".

The 50p Arran Banner has reacted to the challenge by undergoing a makeover and launching an online presence, which will be unveiled at the same time as The Voice hits the shelves.

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