After much thought and yes, a lot of work and time-wasting on my part, I finally got around to editing theme and updating it to give authors the chance to select whether there are three or as someone kindly suggested, two, main columns.

This is a simple thing really – just a simple switch in the index.php does the job. $three_column is set to 1 automatically, meaning the default three columns + sidebar prevail. Set it to 0 and you have your two columns, that’s all you have to do. Just bear in mind that the first two columns will be picked for subject matter (#left, #middle).

Anyway I updated the theme page on my work blog to reflect this change, please see News Print v1.2 at the bottom of the page » News Print theme.