Wednesday, February 28, 2024

News: Printing merger comes under scrutiny


The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating a proposed joint venture which would lead to the closure of printing operations in Rotherham.

Rothbiz reported in October that the state-of-the-art printing facility in Dinnington was under threat.

DMG Media, the operators of The Daily Mail, Metro and i newspapers and websites, and News UK, (formerly News International), the current publisher of The Times, The Sunday Times, and The Sun newspapers, proposed a joint venture which would combine their printing operations.

The proposal would retain three current sites in Broxbourne (Hertfordshire), Knowsley (Merseyside) and Eurocentral (Glasgow), and would potentially mean the closure of DMG Media sites in Thurrock and Dinnington.

DMG Media only acquired the site at Dinnington in 2020. The facility was created by Johnston Press at a cost of £60m on the site of the former colliery.

The CMA is a non-ministerial department of the government that promotes competitive markets and tackles unfair behaviour. It investigate mergers that have the potential to lead to a substantial lessening of competition. If a merger is likely to reduce competition substantially, the CMA can block it or impose remedies to address those concerns.

The CMA is investigating the anticipated joint venture between Daily Mail and General Holdings Limited and News Corp UK & Ireland Limited in respect of their newspaper printing activities.

The deadline for the CMA to announce its decision whether to refer the merger for a phase 2 investigation is March 28.

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), the statutory body in Ireland, has already signed off on the merger.

Trade reports from Print Week indicate that DMG Media has already issued advanced notification of redundancy notices for its Dinnington site and that a redundancy package has been offered to affected workers.

Over the years, the Dinnington site, which is also known as Associated Print Holdings, has printed everything from the Daily Express, Daily Mail, Daily Star, The Sun and Sheffield Star.

Last August, it was reported that National World, the company behind The Yorkshire Post and Rotherham Advertiser, had signed a deal with Newsquest that would see production end in Dinnington.

Images: News Corp


Anonymous,  March 6, 2024 at 7:58 AM  

Can I ask who is responsible currently for printing Rotherham Advertiser? Leaving aside the decline in local reporting standards since the previous owner sold out to the big boys, the font and general appearance of this once proud regional newspaper has truly gone down the tubes. The quality of the photographs is laughable. Some of them are so faint you have to wonder why they even bother. I have bought the paper every week of my adult life but I am not going to continue to support this apology for a local paper.

Anonymous,  March 6, 2024 at 1:11 PM  

Agreed. Not fit to hang in the lavvy

Anonymous,  March 8, 2024 at 11:03 AM  

Disagree. That's the best place for it.

Anonymous,  March 12, 2024 at 8:53 AM  

Rotherham Advertiser RIP

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