Johnston poised to purchase Tweedale Press in pounds 8m deal

Johnston Press has agreed to buy Scottish borders publisher Tweedale Press for a reported pounds 8 million, subject to approval by a Department of Trade and Industry market competition review.

Johnston Press has agreed to buy Scottish borders publisher

Tweedale Press for a reported pounds 8 million, subject to approval by a

Department of Trade and Industry market competition review.



Tweedale, a family-owned company, publishes the Berwick Advertiser, the

Berwickshire News & East Lothian Herald and the Selkirk Southern

Reporter.



These are likely to be combined into a separate Johnston division with

the titles that were acquired as part of its Portsmouth and Sunderland

purchase.



They include the paid-for weeklies Hawick News and Selkirk Advertiser

plus four free papers - Berwick & Borders Gazette, the Galashiels News,

the Kelso News and the Jedburgh News.



Johnston’s chief executive Tim Bowdler would not be drawn on the

potential for offering advertisers a group sell, or on the question of

staffing overlaps.



But he did say that it was important to have a strong presence in all

the border towns.



’The Tweedale titles are market leaders and we will invest in them to

make them stronger,’ he said. ’There is overlap which will provide

opportunities to benefit performance. This is a natural extension of our

business.’



The Tweedale purchase is a logical move for Johnston to extend its

coverage in the area and swallow up an important local competitor.



The Tweedale owner/managers, Derek and John Smail, first approached

Johnston in the summer.



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