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Regional newspapers in the UK

THE regional newspaper industry in the United Kingdom is dominated by four major companies — Johnston Press, Local World, Trinity Mirror and Newsquest (a subsidiary of the US-based Gannett Corporation).

Historically, most major towns— especially in England — were served by evening papers. Most now are local monopolies.

While national newspapers, published in London, sell most in the mornings, regional titles such as the Yorkshire Post, Northern Echo, Western Daily Press, East Anglian Daily Times, the Liverpool Post and the Birmingham Mail have been prominent too.

The circulation areas of most weekly newspapers reflect historic local government boundaries — similarly now largely as monopoly publications. Competition between titles is principally for readers among commuters moving between such areas and those living near administrative boundaries.

The extent of community coverage, especially by weekly papers, provides a unique historic record of local politics. Court reports provide a fascinating overview of the evolution of criminal justice. Such titles bring together reports of activities as varied as local sport, education, church activities, clubs and societies, local culture — in drama, music and art, with a breadth and a humanity that is found nowhere else.

The Presserve campaign believes that just as the loss of census data would deprive future generations of an easily-accessible source of information about their backgrounds and ancestry, so the (unintentional) destruction of newspapers would represent a similar tragedy for the future.

Links to various organisations and their website are listed separately.

AC

January 2013


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