Regional publisher Northcliffe Media has entered into negotiations to acquire independent weekly newspaper the Nottingham and Long Eaton Topper.
The Topper, based in West Bridgford, is the only free weekly title distributed in the city since Northcliffe closed the Nottingham Recorder in June as part of a wider review of the portfolio across the company. The Topper has a circulation of 212, 787.
In a statement today the company said The Nottingham Post Media Group, part of Northcliffe, wished to acquire the title but a number of commercial and legal matters had to be resolved first. A company spokesperson said these were being worked through with the owners and the management of the newspaper. If they are agreed on the company hopes to close the deal later this year.
Steve Auckland, Group Managing Director of Northcliffe Media said: “We believe the Topper would make an excellent addition to the Nottingham Post business and provide an excellent portfolio with the Post for advertisers seeking to attract consumers in Nottingham.”
The Topper was established 14 years ago. On its website it states ‘The Topper has thrived by sticking to his ideals. And we believe those values will continue to hold us in good stead for many years to come — to the benefit of our readers and advertisers.’