Newsquest takes over local news publisher CN Group

Local news publisher CN Group has been bought by Newsquest. Newsquest is the owner of over 200 local newspaper brands and magazines, attracting 28 million digital users per month and 6 million readers each week. The deal secures a future for the CN Group’s 11 Cumbria and Northumberland focused titles inside a larger, scaled operation. Following this announcement, it has also been reported that Newsquest is interested in local paper publisher Archant, although Archant has denied it is in talks. The trend for consolidation in the sector comes with publishers battling digital giants such as Google and Facebook for advertising revenue. The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has warned of this trend creating a duopoly in regional news, particularly with Trinity Mirror buying Northern & Shell last month.

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