Johnston Press

Johnston Press

Infobox Company
company_name = Johnston Press plc
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company_type = Public (lse|JPR)
foundation = 1767
location = Edinburgh, UK
key_people = Roger Parry, Chairman
John Fry, CEO
industry = Newspapers
products =
revenue = £293.1 million (2008)
operating_income = £(34.5) million (2008)
net_income = £(64.8) million (2008)
num_employees =
parent =
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homepage = []
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Johnston Press plc (lse|JPR) is a newspaper publisher based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It runs The Scotsman publications and other newspapers around the United Kingdom and in the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man. It is the second largest local newspaper publisher in the UK. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


The Company was established in Falkirk in 1767 as "F. Johnston & Co Ltd".cite web|title=History of Johnston Press|url=|publisher=Johnston Press PLC|accessdate=2007-08-10] Its first major acquisition was in 1970 when it bought "Strachan & Livingston" in Fife. In 1978 it bought "Wilfred Edmunds" in Chesterfield and "The Yorkshire Weekly Newspaper Group" in Wakefield. It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1988 when it was renamed "Johnston Press".

The Company went on to buy "The West Sussex County Times" in 1988, "The Halifax Evening Courier" in 1994 and the newspaper intests of EMAP plc in 1996. Further expansion followed with "Portsmouth & Sunderland Newspapers" in 1999 and "Regional Independent Media Holdings" in 2002.

The Company expanded into the Irish market in 2005 by purchasing Local Press Ltd, a company owned by 3i (£65 million), [ [ Newspaper Society Database of Mergers] ] the newspaper assets of Scottish Radio Holdings, known as Score Press with forty-five titles in Scotland and Ireland (£155 million), [ [ Press Release on Purchase of Score Press] ] and the Leinster Leader Group (€138.6 million). [ [ Press Release on Purchase of Leinster Leader Group] ] The titles were then reorganised into three main holding companies: Derry Journal Newspapers (Counties Donegal and Londonderry), Johnston Publishing (NI) (everywhere else in Northern Ireland) and Johnston Press Ireland (along with four smaller companies everywhere else in the Republic).

The Company acquired "Scotsman Publications" in 2006. [ [ Johnston Press buys Scotsman] ]

British newspapers owned by Johnston Press

The following is a list of British Newspapers owned by the Company:
*"Arbroath Herald"
*"Banbury Guardian"
*"Batley News"
*"Birstall News"
*"Blackpool Gazette"
*"Bridlington Free Press"
*"Buckingham Advertiser"
*"Bucks Herald"
*"Burnley Express"
*"Daventry Express"
*"Derbyshire Times"
*"Dewsbury Reporter"
*"Diss Express"
*"Doncaster Free Press"
*"Driffield Times"
*"Driffield Post"
*"Edinburgh Evening News"
*"Edinburgh Herald and Post"
*"Falkirk Herald"
*"Fife Herald & Post"
*"Filey Mercury"
*"Fleetwood Weekly News"
*"Green Un" (Sheffield)
*"Halifax Courier"
*"Hartlepool Mail"
*"Hemel Gazette"
*"Isle of Man Examiner"
*"Leamington Courier"
*"Lytham St Annes Express"
*"Malton & Pickering Mercury"
*"Mansfield Chad"
*"Manx Independent"
*"Mirfield Reporter"
*"Montrose Review"
*"Morpeth Herald"
*"News Guardian"
*"The News" (Portsmouth)
*"Northampton Chronicle & Echo
*"Northumberland Gazette"
*"Perth Herald & Post"
*"Peterborough Evening Telegraph"
*"Pocklington Post"
*"Rugby Advertiser"
*"Scarborough Evening News"
*"Scotland on Sunday"
*"The Scotsman"
*"Sheffield Telegraph"
*"Sheffield Star"
*"Shields Gazette"
*"Stornoway Gazette"
*"Sunderland Echo"
*"Times & Citizen" (Bedford)
*"Todmorden News"
*"West Lothian Herald & Post"
*"Yorkshire Post"

Irish Newspapers owned by Johnston Press

In total, twenty-two titles are published in Northern Ireland, fourteen in the Republic and one in both:

Johnston Publishing (NI)


* "News Letter"


* "Ballymena Times"
* "Ballymoney and Moyle Times"
* "Coleraine Times"
* "Dromore Leader"
* "Larne Times"
* "Londonderry Sentinel"
* "Lurgan Mail"
* "Mid Ulster Mail"
* "Portadown Times"
* "Tyrone Times"
* "Ulster Star"

Free Titles

* "Banbridge & District Weekender"
* "Belfast News"
* "Craigavon Echo"
* "East Antrim Advertiser"
* "Lisburn Echo"
* "Mid Ulster Echo"
* "North West Echo"

Derry Journal Newspapers


* "Derry Journal"
* "Donegal on Sunday"
* "Donegal Democrat"/"Donegal People’s Press"
* "Sunday Journal"

Free Titles

* "City News"
* "Foyle News"
* "Letterkenny People"

Johnston Press Ireland

* "Dundalk Democrat"
* "Leinster Leader"
* "Leinster Express"
* "Leitrim Observer"
* "Longford Leader"
* "Offaly Express"

Kilkenny People Ltd

* "Kilkenny People"

Limerick Leader Ltd

* "Limerick Leader"

Nationalist Newspaper Co

* "The Nationalist and Munster Advertiser"
* "Tipperary Star"

Tallaght Publishing Ltd

* "The Echo"

Websites owned by Johnston Press

The Company owns the following websites:
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External links

* [ Official site]

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