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The Argus is a local newspaper based in Brighton & Hove in East Sussex, with editions serving the city of Brighton and Hove 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 (since 1999, part of the US Gannett media group) which had in 1996 bought the Argus and its sister Westminster Press titles from the provincial papers group's parent, the Pearson Group.[1] Like many of the UK's local and regional newspapers, the Argus has suffered from a slight decline in circulation – as audited by the ABC circulations and ratings group. It reached a peak of 100,000 in the early 1980s and is reported to be read by 48% of Brighton citizens (2004).

Newsquest has launched Argus Lite, a weekly free edition for distribution to commuters at some Sussex railway stations to compete with free daily newspapers from London, notably Metro. 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.

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