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HOT OVERALLS WRECK TAKEAWAY: A blaze which wrecked a Chinese takeaway had an unsual cause, the Wolverhampton Express and Star reported. Fire officers told the paper it was caused by spontaneous combustion in a pair of grease-stained overalls. The overalls

Panel to probe Belfast takeover

A former BBC Newsnight reporter will help to decide whether the planned takeover of Belfast Telegraph Newspapers is in the public interest. Linda Christmas, who has also worked for the Guardian, is a member of the panel appointed by Trade

Telegraph's new owner makes a mint

Independent News & Media, whose £300m takeover of the Belfast Telegraph Newspapers Ltd was announced this month, saw profits leap by 68 per cent last year. Its £151m operating profits were achieved on record turnover of £920m. Meanwhile, Trade &

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Best publisher organised event – weekly newspapersWinner: West Lothian Courier – Livingston F.C. Open DayHighly commended: Morecambe Visitor – The Night Before ChristmasCertificate of merit: Oxford Times Series – In Business Exhibition Best in-paper reader offer – daily/Sunday newspapersWinner: Evening

Belfast group to be sold for £300m

Trinity Mirror Group has announced it is to sell Belfast Telegraph Newspapers Ltd to Independent News and Media for £300m BTNL will be managed from London and a local board will be appointed. It will become part of a group

Together we can boost sales

Teamwork between editorial, sales and promotions is the key to boosting regional newspaper sales. That will be one of the key messages at the Newspaper Society’s two-day annual newspaper sales conference which started in Manchester today. More than 300 delegates

Regional titles join Mozambique appeals

As the Mozambique flood disaster continues to cause appalling suffering for up to a million people in the poverty-stricken African state, regional newspapers around the UK have been finding local angles on the crisis and publicising ways in which their

Story sparks safety fears among celebrities

TV stars and politicians are removing their personal details from an Internet site after a story in the Belfast Telegraph. The paper revealed that several celebrities were taking action to have their details pulled from the website after a

New PCC director is appointed

Tim Toulmin has been appointed as the new director of the Press Complaints Commission. He succeeds Guy Black who stepped down from the post at the end of last year. Tim has been acting director since then. His appointment follows

Curran on PCC panel to appoint new director

Regional editor and former president of the Society of Editors, Ed Curran has been named on the interview panel which will help appoint the new director of the Press Complaints Commission. The Belfast Telegraph editor, who is also a member

Belfast editor appointed to PCC

Regional newspaper editor Ed Curran has been appointed to the Press Complaints Commission. As editor of the Belfast Telegraph he is the first editor from Northern Ireland to serve on the Commission. He takes over from retiring member Malcolm Starbrook,