The Norwich-based company says no such discussions have taken place despite claims published in The Guardian yesterday.
The Guardian report surfaced amid mounting speculation about industry consolidation following last week’s announcement that Newsquest is buying the Carlisle-based CN Group.
But Archant today denied that there was any truth in the report, while Newsquest has declined to comment on what it termed “market speculation.”
An Archant spokesman told HTFP: “Archant can confirm that it is not up for sale, nor is it in any discussions with Newsquest.
“It is no surprise though that Archant would be a prized asset for any media group with its strong newspaper, magazine and digital brands, its award-winning innovation and digital developments and strong balance sheet.”
According to the Guardian report, the negotiations with Archant “apparently ended in part due to reticence from Newsquest’s parent Gannett.”
It quoted industry sources as valuing Archant, which publishes four daily newspapers in East Anglia and anti-Brexit national The New European as well as a network of regional magazines, at £40m.
Newsquest has also recently bought independent publisher NWN Media, as well as the Isle of Wight County Press.
A Newsquest spokesman said: “We don’t comment on market speculation.”