Belfast Telegraph

Mirror owner eyes up parts of News Letter owner JPI Media

By Simon Neville

The owner of the Mirror, Express and Star national newspaper titles is in talks to buy parts of rival JPI Media, which owns The Newsletter and Derry Journal.

Reach - formerly known as Trinity Mirror - confirmed it is looking at "certain JPI Media assets" but cautioned "there can be no certainty at this stage" that a deal will be agreed.

JPI put itself up for sale earlier this year after falling into administration in 2018.

The group owns several titles across the UK, including the Yorkshire Post, Scotsman, Manchester Evening News and Daily Record. JPI Media shut the Tyrone Times in June. The group still owns a string of local newspapers in Northern Ireland including the Londonderry Sentinel and Mid Ulster Mail.

Reach said: "The board... confirms that it is in the early stages of discussions in relation to acquiring certain of JPI Media's assets."

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