Competition probe launched into Sun and Daily Mail publishers’ printing tie-up

By Holly Williams, PA Enterprise Editor

Britain’s competitors watchdog has launched a probe into plans by publishers of The Solar and Day by day Mail to mix their printing operations.

The Competitors and Markets Authority (CMA) stated it’s contemplating whether or not the merger will “lead to a considerable lessening of competitors”.

It follows the announcement final October that Rupert Murdoch’s Information UK and Lord Rothermere’s DMG Media – two of the UK’s largest newspaper publishers – plan to mix their printing operations amid a local weather of declining print gross sales.

The businesses stated they believed the proposal would assist enhance the effectivity of their print operations and set up a sustainable enterprise mannequin for the way forward for nationwide newspaper printing within the UK.


The businesses, which publish titles together with The Solar, The Occasions and Day by day Mail, would create a brand new firm (NewCo), which might run their mixed print operations.

Whereas the proposal would retain the three present printing websites utilized by Information UK’s Newsprinters – Broxbourne, Knowsley and Eurocentral – it might probably imply the closure of two of DMG Media’s websites in Thurrock and Dinnington.

The CMA is now consulting on the deliberate tie-up till February 15, forward of a March 28 deadline for the primary section of the inquiry.

The deal is about to see all nationwide newspaper printing being dealt with by simply two conglomerates, with the brand new three way partnership additionally printing titles together with The Telegraph, Night Customary and Monetary Occasions, in addition to the Metro and titles for the regional writer Newsquest amongst others.

The one different nationwide printing operation is run by Mirror and Categorical proprietor Attain.

The transfer by Information UK and DMG Media was anticipated to spark an investigation by the CMA.


On the time the tie-up was introduced, DMG Media group manufacturing director Julia Palmer-Poucher stated: “The last decade-long decline in print circulation has not been matched with modifications to print capability and we should discover methods to maintain bodily newspapers, which have an necessary future, commercially viable.

“This proposed mixture would supply a long-term answer for the Mail print titles and a sustainable future for the newspaper printing business.

“We’re conscious this shall be an unsure time for these probably impacted and our precedence is to offer workers with the assist they want all through this course of.”

Darren Barker, the managing director of Information UK’s Newsprinters UK, insisted on unveiling the merger final October that the three way partnership was a “genuinely thrilling answer”.

“The fact is that print readership has been in decline for some years now, and the sector has come beneath rising stress to higher align capability with demand.

“I imagine this three way partnership is a genuinely thrilling answer which units out a long-term sustainable future for the newspaper printing business, purchasers and the nationwide day by day newspaper ecosystem within the UK.”

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