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Regional publishers agree new deal to print each other’s newspapers

Two regional publishers have announced an three-year extension of a contract to print and distribute eachother’s newspapers.

Johnston Press and Trinity Mirror have agreed to extend the contract for the i newspaper, which is owned by JP, at TM’s print sites.

The deal will also see the contract for TM regional titles currently printed at Johnston Press print sites at Portsmouth and Sheffield extended for a further three years to 2020.

Similarly, the deal for JP titles the Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, which are currently printed at TM’s Cardonald site in Scotland, will be extended for the same period.

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The companies say the new agreement contains improved terms for printing the i, including operational benefits and improved commercial terms.

Ashley Highfield, Johnston Press chief executive, said: “It is important, in this current media climate, to look for ways to work together to stabilise and strengthen relationships in the UK newspaper market.

“We are therefore delighted to confirm that we will be working with Trinity Mirror for a further three years, in a mutually supportive printing arrangement.

“The operational benefits are important and will be particularly helpful as we look to develop the Saturday issue of the i newspaper.”

Simon Fox, CEO of Trinity Mirror plc, said: “I am delighted with the extension of the print contracts with Johnston Press, in particular the i, which we have printed since it was launched in 2010.”


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  • August 8, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    JP have spent the past few years downgrading their weeklies, for which they spent countless ¬£millions. The company seems to view these publications with contempt. The weeklies have suffered blow after blow, with redundancies and truly awful content (as in the insulting word ‘generic’) even in what were the best of them. I wonder will Mr Highfield ever have the courtesy and respect for staff and readers to explain policies – if indeed, there actually ARE any policies. Come onto this site and let everyone know, Ashley. You owe it to us. (I won’t hold me breath!)

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  • August 10, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    I see a Swedish group has bought shares in JP! I propose the Muppets’ Swedish Chef as CEO!

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