The Journal's online content will shortly be housed on Chroniclelive, creating a one-stop-shop for local news.
Here's the statement explaining the move by Trinity Mirror North East's editor-in-chief Darren Thwaites:
"From next Monday, July 13, all new Journal content, including our business coverage, will appear on chroniclelive.co.uk. Our current website, thejournal.co.uk, will still exist but only for archived content.
"This will enable us to capitalise on the extraordinary audience growth of ChronicleLive, which now generates more than 20m page views a month. It means that our business, culture and regional affairs stories will now reach a bigger audience, powered by the strength in search engines and social media of a single supersite.
"ChronicleLive will now cover a patch from the Scottish border to Teesside, through Northumberland, Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham. It will also include a business channel for the first time, served by the highly-respected Journal business team.
"Our audience growth has rocketed since the pioneering launch of our digitally-led newsroom in Newcastle last April. ChronicleLive became the fourth biggest regional news website in England and the second fastest growing in the UK in the second half of last year.
"Last month, ChronicleLive reached 3m users and generated 23 million page views - around 25 times more than TheJournal.co.uk. The website is, by a distance, the biggest regional news provider in the North East, followed by our sister site, GazetteLive, in Teesside.
"Our decision to merge websites does not in any way affect our print publishing strategy and both The Chronicle and The Journal newspapers will continue to be published six days a week. The Journal will also upgrade its current paid-for e-edition app, serving updated business news through the day.
"We’ll also continue to send out daily email business alerts and we’ll maintain an engaging presence on social media.
"I know some of you may be concerned that this change lessens our commitment to The Journal, but this is not the case. As many of you will have seen, we have recently increased our business coverage and remain committed to our award-winning Culture platform. We’re immensely proud that The Journal was recently named Regional Newspaper of the Year and we’ll continue to strive for the very highest standards."