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Trinity Mirror-Local World-Iliffe deal: The titles changing hands

Local World logoThe £220m takeover of Local World by Trinity Mirror will see the group’s 83 local print titles and companion websites changing hands.

Of these, 73 will become part of Trinity Mirror, while ten are set to be sold on to their original owner, Iliffe News and Media, in a separate deal worth £15.8m.

The newly enlarged group will own 157 local titles with a combined market share of 30pc, making it the biggest regional publisher in the UK.

As well as the local titles, the deal also includes LW’s two Metro franchises in Bristol and the East Midlands and 14 assorted magazine publications.

Here is the full list of local titles that will be transferred.

1. Local World titles transferring to Trinity Mirror

Dailies (15)

Bristol Post
Burton Mail
Derby Telegraph
Gloucestershire Echo
Grimsby Telegraph
Hull Daily Mail
Leicester Mercury
Nottingham Post
Nuneaton News
South Wales Evening Post
The Sentinel, Stoke
The Gloucester Citizen
The Plymouth Herald
Western Daily Press
Western Morning News

Paid-for weeklies (35)

Ad Mag East Midlands
Ashbourne News Telegraph
Bath Chronicle
Black Country Bugle
Brentwood Gazette
Carmarthen Journal
Cornish Guardian
Dorking & Leatherhead Advertiser
Essex Chronicle
Exeter Express & Echo
Grantham Target
Isle of Thanet Gazette
Kent & Sussex Courier
Leek Post & Times
Lincolnshire Echo
Llanelli Star Series
Mid Devon Gazette Series
Mid Somerset Group
North Devon Journal
Retford Gainsborough & Worksop Times
Scunthorpe Telegraph
Sevenoaks Chronicle
Somerset Guardian
Somerset Standard
South Lincs Target Group
Staffordshire Newsletter
Surrey Mirror
Tamworth Herald Series
The Cornishman
Torquay Herald Express
Uttoxeter Advertiser
Wells / Shepton Mallet Journal
West Briton
Western Gazette
Western Morning News on Sunday

Free weeklies (23)

Bristol Observer Group
Bedfordshire on Sunday
Beverley Advertiser
Blackmore Vale Magazine
Canterbury Times Series
Crawley News
Croydon Advertiser Series
Dover Express Series
East Grinstead Courier & Observer
Folkestone Herald Series
Great Barr Observer
Leicester Mail Group
Lichfield Mercury Series
Luton & Dunstable on Sunday
MK News
North Somerset Mercury
Northampton Herald & Post
Nottingham and Long Eaton Topper
Sentinel Advertiser
Stour and Avon Magazine
Stroud Life
Sutton Coldfield Observer
Walsall Advertiser

2. Titles due to be sold on to Iliffe News and Media

Dailies (1)

Cambridge News

Paid for Weeklies (2)

Herts & Essex Observer
Herts Mercury Series

Free weeklies (7)

Cambridge News & Crier Series
Ely Weekly News
Harlow Star Series
Haverhill News
Newmarket News
Midweek Mercury (Hitchin)
Midweek Mercury (Stevenage)


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  • October 29, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Interesting that Iliffe’s former Bedford and Milton Keynes titles have gone with TM, while the Herts and Cambs papers have returned to the fold.
    Could this be another pointer towards some sort of deal in an area where Archant are strong?

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  • October 29, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Monopolists cut a deal way above the understanding of employees or communities they supposedly serve. A tiny clique of investors in the know make shedloads of money and then move on to despoil another business.
    The result? Thirty per cent of regional media owned by one outfit. Is that good for democracy?
    All our politicians spout about openness and how they believe in diversity in debate and pat themselves on the back about how different we are from Russia.
    What have they got to say about this?
    If farmers in the UK can receive grants to keep them in business, journalism start-ups should also receive aid to help keep freedom of expression alive.
    There is no alternative to this. The NUJ, editors’ representatives, advertising industry etc should be kicking up a stink and not just lobbying MPs (some of whom may be sponsored by media monopolies anyway).
    Journalism needs people who can get things done, not just crack gags on htfp.

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  • October 30, 2015 at 8:41 am

    And you’re just the person to do that, eh sunset?

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  • October 30, 2015 at 11:39 am

    So what exactly is your plan to get things done Sunset?

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  • October 30, 2015 at 11:50 am

    I was hoping that you could perhaps spare some of your time to do it, Dick.

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  • October 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    Whatever happened to all Iliffe’s silver that was stashed in the old Coventry Evening Telegraph building?
    Some of the trophies and plates were worth about £40,000 each.
    Maybe they’re helping to fund this monopoly?

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  • October 30, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I’m far too busy blathering away to HTFP to change human nature, sunset (your “spouting politicians”, for example), but why on earth would the advertising industry worry for a single nano-second about the state of the local press? If anyone should be kicking up a stink it’s readers but, hey, maybe their paper/website isn’t the be-all and end-all of their lives. Maybe, sunset, they’ve got other things to be concerned about and our business is peripheral to them – the ingrates. Now that may explain a lot…

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  • October 30, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Sunset, judging by how many comments Dick makes on here, he’s got loads of time to fix. People in the industry have given up reading his comments, he’s a typical keyboard warrior. Ignore him, we do!

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  • October 30, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Hey…there’s a big moon coming up and nearly dark…happy Halloween, Dick!

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  • November 4, 2015 at 9:54 am

    What complete chaos it all is – so many people have lost their passion and job stability – the last three years have shown huge profits but complete mis-understanding for staff needs, development and prospects. Regional press is so disappointing – and that is why the ‘good and the great’ are leaving this industry.

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