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Half of all regional press titles increase circulation

Total circulation and distribution figures show the regional press now sells and distributes 76m newspapers every week. The latest ABC figures show that half of all regional press titles under its membership have increased circulation over the past year, the

Weeklies perform well on circulation

The latest ABC figures show that half of all regional press titles under its membership have increased circulation over the past year, the weeklies showing the strongest progress. Top performers among the weeklies were the St Albans Observer Series (+42.19

Town Without Pity

April saw the launch of award-winning journalist and former Matlock Mercury editor Don Hale’s book Town Without Pity. It tells the story – both skillfully and graphically – of the author’s successful eight year campaign to clear local man Stephen

Record results for Johnston

Johnston Press has announced record financial results for last year. On the same day that the company announced its plans to buy Regional Independent Media, chairman Roger Parry said: “The current year for Johnston Press has begun encouragingly and despite

"Rare opportunity to acquire quality titles"

The £560m deal for Johnston Press to buy RIM will substantially increase the size of Johnston and create one of the UK’s largest regional newspaper groups, publishing more than 250 titles across England and Scotland. What Johnston heralds as a

Business strength sees DMGT through tough times

Northcliffe Newspapers had experienced a growth in advertising revenues, its latest trading update reveals. The regional newspaper group, part of the Daily Mail and General Trust, has also seen overall circulation revenue increase. Northcliffe publishes 95 daily and weekly newspapers

Media ownership plea

The regional press is calling for controls on media ownership to be abandoned as part of the Communications White Paper. The Newspaper Society, which represents the industry, has told the Government it supports further liberalisation of cross-media ownership restrictions and

Profits up at regional newspaper group

Regional Independent Media appears to have found an answer to the economic downturn, with an announcement of increased operating profits for 2001. Operating profit for the company as a whole increased by eight per cent to £44.1m and turnover by

Terrorist attacks 'brought out strengths of regional press'

The strengths of the regional press in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks on America have been highlighted by Regional Independent Media chairman Lord Fowler. Presenting the company’s preliminary results, he said the attacks had not just affected

Circulation up and costs down for Trinity Mirror regionals

Trinity Mirror’s preliminary year-end results show the company increased turnover and profit – but a £168m exceptional operating cost connected with former Mirror Group titles put a different slant on the figures. Turnover increased 4.8 per cent to £1,131.1m, with

A great life – but don't expect to make a fortune

Page 4 of 5 But a popular route to bigger bucks is leaving the industry altogether. Poacher turned gamekeeper: entering the world of PR, where council pay scales can mean guaranteed pay rises for the rest of your career and,

Dailies reduce bulk sales and discounted copies

The latest regional newspaper circulation figures are being seen as a truer indication of sales with the industry reducing bulk sales and the number of discounted copies. Evening newspaper titles have been proactive in reducing bulk figures, which was partly

The trainer's point of view

Page 1 of 2 Editorial trainer and consultant David Scott said that when it comes to poaching newspaper staff it can be “dog eat dog” within the media industry. “When I was a junior you did not break your indentures

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In at the deep end By Morag Macpherson Morag Macpherson has been enjoying a six-week work experience placement at the Sunday Herald.Here she shares her experience of working for a weekly newspaper. I’ve nearly completed my six weeks work experience

Just two arrests after IRA bomb – one was local reporter

Only two arrests were made in the aftermath of the Manchester bombing outrage of 1996 – and one of those was Manchester Evening News journalist Steve Panter. The other was the senior police officer who was cleared by a jury