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Views sought in £60m newspapers purchase

The Government is seeking views on the planned purchase of 29 paid-for and 16 free weekly London newspapers by Newsquest from Independent News & Media.

The £60m sale would have to be approved by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry because Newsquest already has a substantial portfolio – but it may be rubber-stamped because the circulation of the Greater London newspapers to be transferred falls within limits set by the Competition Commission.

Competition factors, concentration of ownership, efficiency and employment, as well as the need for accurate presentation of news and free expression of opinion will be looked into before a decision is made on whether a deal might operate against the public interest.

The titles under discussion are:

  • Barking & Dagenham Post
  • Ilford & Redbridge Post
  • Thurrock & Lakeside Post
  • Barking & Dagenham Post Weekender
  • Bexley & Eltham Express
  • Bexleyheath & Welling Times
  • Eltham & Greenwich Times
  • Erith & Crayford Times
  • Sidcup & Blackfen Times
  • Bromley & Beckenham Express
  • Orpington & Chislehurst Express
  • Bromley & Beckenham Times
  • Orpington Times
  • Chislehurst Times
  • Dartford & Swanley Express
  • Dartford Times
  • Swanley Times
  • East London Advertiser
  • Gravesend & District Express
  • Gravesend Reporter
  • Hackney Gazette
  • Hammersmith Times
  • Hornsey & Crouch End Journal
  • Tottenham, Wood Green & Edmonton Journal
  • Muswell Hill Journal
  • Hoxton & Shoreditch Express
  • Ilford & Redbridge Weekly Post
  • Woodford Weekly Post
  • Islington Gazette
  • Islington Gazette EC1
  • Camden Chronicle
  • Job Watch
  • Kensington Times
  • Islington Herald
  • Haringey Herald
  • Paddington Times
  • Romford & Havering Weekly Post
  • Stoke Newington & Stamford Hill Express
  • Stratford & Newham Express
  • Docklands Express
  • Wembley & Kingsbury Chronicle
  • Harrow & Sudbury Chronicle
  • Westminster Times
  • Willesden & Brent Chronicle
  • Kilburn Times
  • Camden Times.

    Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed transfer must contact the DTI before May 8.

    Do you have a story about the regional press? Ring 0116 227 3122/3121,
    or e-mail pastill@nep.co.uk

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