THE publisher of ‘The Northern Scot’ has acquired three more weekly newspaper titles.
Scottish Provincial Press, one of the biggest independent newspaper groups in Scotland, has secured J&M Publishing.
The group has acquired the Banffshire Advertiser, Huntly Express, and Banffshire Herald.
The papers operate out of centres in Buckie, Huntly and Keith. SPP already owns the Banffshire Journal in Banff.
The deal was announced last week by SPP’s managing director Thelma Henderson.
“This is fantastic news, not just for SPP but for the three titles we have acquired,” she said.
“We are an independent company that is completely committed to local newspapers and the vital role they play in their communities.
“The J&M titles are a perfect fit for us geographically, extending our footprint across an area that sits neatly between our Northern Scot and Banffshire Journal titles.
“It is a massive vote of confidence in the local newspaper scene in Scotland from a group with a proud tradition of serving the news and information needs of some the remotest communities in Scotland.”
SPP will take on 23 people who were employed at J&M Publishing’s three centres, adding to SPP’s existing workforce of 240 people at 11 sites across the north of Scotland, producing 13 paid-for titles and a number of special publications.
The Banffshire Advertiser was founded in 1881 by WF Johnston and has continued in the Johnston family until the present day by husband and wife Jack and Jackie Johnston. In 1991 they acquired the Huntly Express and Banffshire Herald forming the company J&M Publishing Ltd.