A new era for your favourite local newspapers

Iliffe Media chief executive Edward Iliffe
Iliffe Media chief executive Edward Iliffe

The Rutland and Stamford Mercury, Rutland Times and The Local newspapers are now under the new ownership of Iliffe Media.

The family-owned independent publisher completed the acquisition of 13 newspaper titles and their associated websites and editions from Johnston Press on Tuesday.

Mercury, Rutland Times and The Local staff Jon Sandall, Kerry Coupe and John Evely

Mercury, Rutland Times and The Local staff Jon Sandall, Kerry Coupe and John Evely

The deal, first announced in December, was subject to shareholder approval within Johnston Press, which has now been concluded.

The purchase includes the Bury Free Press, Lynn News, Fenland Citizen, Diss Express, Haverhill Echo, Newmarket Journal, Suffolk Free Press, Rutland and Stamford Mercury, Rutland Times, Bourne Local, Grantham Journal, Spalding Guardian, Lincs Free Press and their associated editions and websites.

All of the newspapers will now be printed at Iliffe Print Cambridge from next week.

Edward Iliffe, chief executive of Iliffe Media, said: “We are delighted to have concluded the acquisition of these well-respected local newspapers.

Richard Parkinson EMN-170116-105306001

Richard Parkinson EMN-170116-105306001

“Iliffe Media, with its long heritage as an independent family-run media business, firmly believes in the future of local newspaper publishing across all platforms and as such, we now look looking forward to working in a positive way with our new colleagues and the communities they serve.”

Ricky Allan, currently managing director of Iliffe Media’s Cambridge Independent newspaper, will take additional responsibility for the titles in Bury, Newmarket, Diss, Haverhill and Sudbury, while Richard Parkinson will take responsibility for the titles in King’s Lynn, Wisbech, Spalding, Grantham, Stamford and Rutland, also as managing director.

The Iliffe family’s publishing heritage dates back to 1879.

Edward Iliffe established Iliffe Media in 2016 and the new company began publishing the Cambridge Independent – an exciting weekly newspaper for the Cambridge region – in September. The paper has received excellent feedback for its positive approach to the community, its fresh content and high-quality design. The paper is supported by a website – cambridgeindependent.co.uk – and an app for iOS and Android platforms.

More information at www.iliffemedia.co.uk

The Mercury, Rutland Times and The Local have a new owner, but the same committed staff.

Head of content Kerry Coupe can be contacted by e-mailing kerry.coupe@iliffepublishing.co.uk or calling 01780 758951. Chief reporter Jon Sandall is on 01780 758956 or e-mail jonathan.sandall@iliffepublishing.co.uk and sports editor John Evely is on 07860530900 or john.evely@iliffepublishing.co.uk

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