While Newsquest awaits the outcome of its bids for Newscom and the
Belfast Telegraph, it has been keeping busy by acquiring Teesside weekly
Clarion and expanding its South London newspaper arm.
The Redcar-based Clarion, which distributes 35,000 copies south of
Teesside, has been bought from its founding publisher Steve Crane, who
becomes Newsquest’s Teesside district manager.
The title will be absorbed into the North-east division, which includes
The Northern Echo in Darlington and the North Yorkshire Star.
The newspaper is also neighboured by the York division, which includes
the Yorkshire Evening Press and the Selby Star.
Meanwhile, in South London, Newsquest is launching two newspapers. The
Hounslow Guardian, an extension of the free Staines Guardian, will
distribute nearly 62,000 copies in Hounslow, Brentford and Isleworth.
The paid-for Wandsworth Comet is an addition to the Surrey Comet series
and complements the free Putney & Wandsworth Guardian.
The Croydon Guardian is to expand its availability to over 50 local
Also, in West London, the recently launched Uxbridge Times will expand
its coverage throughout the borough. Meanwhile, the Hendon Times is to
add a third motor section to develop further advertising business.
Newsquest intends to develop sales packages for groups of its titles
across the London region.’We are determined to underline our position as
the number one publisher in the capital,’ said chief executive Jim
He denied that Newsquest was bidding for Denitz Media’s London Newspaper
Group, which publishes a group of titles in the affluent areas of West
London and which is rumoured to be up for sale. However, he said that if
approached, he would consider it.