The Week: Media - Telegraph in print deal

The Telegraph Group has signed a print deal with its rival News International that will help it to print The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Telegraph in full colour.

The decision means the Telegraph Group will abandon plans for a £150 million upgrade of its current print sites. Its southern editions are printed at West Ferry, as part of a joint venture with Richard Desmond's Express Newspapers, and its northern editions are printed at Trafford Park, which it runs with Guardian Media Group.

A starting date for the new arrangement has yet to be decided, but The Daily Telegraph's existing contract at West Ferry is understood to run until September 2009. The West Ferry arrangement has been a contentious one. In 2004, the Barclay brothers reached an agreement with Desmond to run the plant as a joint venture after the Daily Express owner threatened to exercise a clause in the contract allowing him to take full ownership.