Johnston Press plc

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"Johnston Press is the only quoted UK newspaper and media group concentrated solely on local and regional newspapers offerings. Originally founded in Falkirk in 1767, the company owns over 200 local newspapers and websites, most of which hold the number one position in their many different and diverse markets across the UK and the Republic of Ireland...

"2005-2006: Further growth, including three acquisitions which made the Group the largest publisher of local newspapers in the Republic of Ireland. It also purchased The Scotsman Publications Limited, giving the Group arguably its highest profile titles.

"2002: The acquisition of Regional Independent Media Holdings raises Johnston’s portfolio to well over 200 titles, many of them market leaders, cementing its position as a leading UK regional publisher.

"1999: Johnston Press acquires Portsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers plc, increasing its daily newspaper titles to nine and establishing it as the UK’s fourth largest regional newspaper publisher.

"1996: The purchase of the newspaper interests of EMAP plc promotes Johnston Press to the fifth largest regional newspaper publisher in the UK."[1]


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  1. Johnston Press History, organizational web page, accessed October 5, 2012.
  2. Johnston Press Board, organizational web page, accessed October 5, 2012.