Northcliffe Newspapers Group Ltd acquires Hill Bros (Leek) Ltd. Archant buys 12 London weekly titles from Independent News & Media (December) and the remaining 15 the following month (January 04).begins the shift to smaller format national newspapers when it launched its compact edition.Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation buys Dow Jones, owner of the announced a plan to move to DMGT’s Kensington building to cut costs in November.The BBC Trust rejected plans for local video that would have a negative impact on regional titles in the same month following a sustained campaign by the NS.They were, however, slow to evolve, with the largely illiterate population relying on town criers for news.Between 1640 and the Restoration, around 30,000 'news letters' and 'news papers' were printed, many of which can be seen today in the British Museum.from Independent News & Media for a nominal fee of £1.
is heavily promoted in its market leading sister publications including: Hereford Times, Worcester News, Malvern Gazette & Ledbury Reporter, Berrows Journal, Evesham, Pershore & Cotswold Journal, Ludlow & Tenbury Wells Advertiser, Gloucester Gazette Series, Gloucestershire Independent, Stroud News & Journal and the Wiltshire & Gloucs Standard.Associated launches London's free commuter daily, Newscom is sold to Newsquest Media Group for £444m, Adscene titles are sold to Southnews (£52m)and Northcliffe Newspapers, Belfast Telegraph Newspapers are sold by Trinity Mirror to Independent News & Media for £300m, Bristol United Press is sold to Northcliffe Newspapers Group, and Southnews is sold to Trinity Mirror for £285m. Conrad Black resigns as chief executive of Hollinger International, owner of Telegraph group.Johnston Press acquires Regional Independent Media's 53 regional newspaper titles in a £560 million deal. Claverly Company, owner of Midland News Association, buys Guiton Group, publisher of regional titles in the Channel Islands.Trinity Mirror strategic review: Midlands and South East titles put up for sale. Dunfermline Press Group acquires Berkshire Regional Newspapers from Trinity Mirror.Tindle Newspapers buys 27 local weekly newspapers from Trinity Mirror which retains its Midlands titles.