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How the regional press jobs crisis unfolded

The regional newspaper industry is currently going through a state of turmoil with hundreds of journalists’ jobs lost over recent months.

As companies face up to the twin challenges of the recession and the continuing migration of advertising revenues to the internet, major restructuring has been taking place across most of the leading regional press publishing groups.

Managers say they have no option but to retrench if their newspapers are to survive in the longer-term, but many journalists say the lifeblood is being ripped out of their titles.

Here’s our at-a-glance guide showing how the jobs crisis spread across the industry over the second half of 2008, as covered on HoldtheFrontPage.

2008 – June

Northern Echo

The Press, York

Central Counties Newspapers (Bucks)


The Argus, Brighton


Northants Evening Telegraph, Northampton Chronicle and Echo

Scotsman Publications (Edinburgh)

Sheffield Star

Ayrshire Extra

Trinity Mirror Midlands

Archant Norfolk


Anglia Newspapers (Suffolk)

Trinity Mirror North West weeklies

Newsquest Hampshire weeklies

Shoreham Herald

MEN Media weeklies (Greater Manchester)

Kent Messenger Group

Enfield Gazette


Newsquest North West London weeklies

Evening Star, East Anglian Daily Times (Ipswich)

Bolton News

Bucks Free Press

Midlands News Association (West Midlands, Shropshire)


NcjMedia (Newcastle), Evening Gazette (Teesside)

Newsquest Hampshire

Media Wales weeklies (South Wales Valleys)

Cambridge News, Burton Mail

Northern Echo/Newsquest North-East

Observer Standard Newspapers (Midlands)

Guernsey Press

The Press, York

Herald Express, Torquay

Trinity Mirror North-West

Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Newsquest North West


The Herald, Evening Times and Sunday Herald (Glasgow)

Hereford Times

Newsquest titles, West Wales

Newsquest North West

Newsquest titles, Bury and Worcester

Johnston Press Northern Irish titles

Cumbrian Newspapers Group

La Nua, Belfast

Wiltshire Times/Wiltshire Gazette and Herald

Exmouth Journal/Sidmouth Herald

Johnston Press South (Hampshire, Sussex)

Iliffe weeklies (Herts, Cambs, Northants, Staffs)

2009 – January

Trinity Mirror Southern

Colchester Gazette and Basildon Echo

Archant Suffolk

Dorset Echo/Bournemouth Echo

Trinity Mirror Wales and North West

Express and Star

Johnston Press Midlands (Northants, Lincolnshire, East Anglia, Bucks)

Yorkshire Post/Yorkshire Evening Post

Bristol Evening Post/Western Daily Press

Central Independent Newspapers (Tamworth)


The Press, York

Northcliffe Midlands and North-East

Kent Messenger Group


Northcliffe South East Weeklies

Archant Norfolk

MEN Media

Archant South West

Surrey and Berkshire Media