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Print costs blamed as publisher increases price of 10 titles

Print and production costs have been cited after a regional publisher increased the prices of two daily newspapers and eight weeklies.

Cover prices have risen at Newsquest dailies the Bradford Telegraph & Argus and the Northern Echo.

Weekday editions of the Telegraph & Argus have increased by 5p to 85, with Saturday editions up by 20p to £1.

At the Darlington-based Echo, weekday editions have risen by 5p to £1 and Saturday editions have increased by 10p to £1.50.

Keighley News

In Yorkshire, a 5p increase applied to the Craven Herald & Pioneer, which is now £1.30, and the Keighley News, now £1.10, while the Wharfedale Observer and the Ilkley Gazette both increased by 10p to £1.30.

In the North-East of England, the price of the Darlington & Stockton Times has gone up by 10p, and it now stands at £1.50.

The Durham Advertiser, Chester le Street Advertiser and Consett & Stanley Advertiser’s prices increased by 20p, taking them to 80p.

According to Better Retailing, Newsquest has “blamed increases on rising print and production costs”.

The company declined to comment further when approached by HTFP.