Newsquest acquires Teesside title Clarion

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.

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

newsagents.



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

Brown.



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.



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