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Hard times for regional press as ad revenue falls

As Johnston Press embarks on a fire sale of its Irish titles, the rest of the regional press is battling a 30 per cent decline in ad revenue. Catherine O’Mahony reports

14th March, 2009

The regional press is a very different business than it was ten years ago. Dominated by large media owners such as Thomas Crosbie Holdings and Independent News & Media, which each own multiple titles, just six regional newspapers remain in their traditional family ownership.

Now, the biggest of those large owners, the debt-laden British publisher Johnston Press, is trying to sell all 13 of its regional titles at bargain prices. The sale includes some of...

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