Northcliffe Media

Northcliffe Media Ltd.
Industry New media
Successor Local World
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Owner Daily Mail and General Trust

Northcliffe Media Ltd. (formerly Northcliffe Newspapers Group) was a large regional newspaper publisher in the UK and Central and Eastern Europe, owned by Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT).

It operates from over 30 publishing centres, and also has 18 daily titles. The main publishing centres for the newspapers are South West Wales Publications in Swansea, Bristol Print Centre (now closed) in Bristol, Derby Print Centre (now closed) in Derby, Rockwell Universal in Grimsby, Leicester Print Centre (now closed) in Leicester, Plymouth Print Centre (now closed) in Plymouth and Stoke Print Centre (now closed) in Stoke on Trent. As can be seen they may well soon not operate any of their own print centres.

Northcliffe runs a print and publishing service to businesses and organisations across the UK and Ireland. It also operates a retail division with 67 outlets and has Hungarian newspaper interests.[1] It also has risen to become one of the top two publishers, in terms of circulation, in Slovakia after as little as two-and-a-half years in the country. £22 million has been invested in the new Eastern European market since 2004.[2] They own Avizo, the leading daily classified newspaper in Slovakia, City Express was acquired, including two fortnightly titles, Auto Burza, a motors classified product and Burza Nehnutel’nosti, a property magazine.

In 2012, the company was sold by DMGT to a newly formed company, Local World, which also bought Iliffe News and Media from the Yattendon Group.


In November 2005, the DMGT announced that it wanted to sell Northcliffe Newspapers, at the time worth over £1.5bn.[3] It came after figures according to Ofcom announced that Northcliffe only has 16% of the regional market, compared to Trinity's 20%, Newsquest's 18% and 15% for Johnston. This was cancelled after they could not find an offer for the group as a whole. On 6 July 2007, the company bought 26 regional titles from Trinity Mirror plc for the sum of £64.15 million. The group said it had bought three of Trinity Mirror's local divisions, East Surrey and Sussex Newspapers, Kent Regional Newspapers and Blackmore Vale Publishing, included the Croydon Advertiser, Blackmore Vale Magazine, Medway News and the Kingston Informer.[4] The sale is expected to boost Northcliffe’s circulation by 872,000 copies per week.[5]

The company's name was changed to Northcliffe Media from Northcliffe Newspaper Group in 2007.

In July 2011, it was announced that Northcliffe Media intended to sell nine of its titles to the KM Group. The newspapers involved include the Dover Express, East Kent Gazette, Folkestone Herald, Herne Bay and Whitstable Times, Isle of Thanet Gazette, Medway News and Thanet Times. KM Group has referred the matter of the acquisition of the titles to the Office of Fair Trading.[6]

In November 2012 DMGT sold Northcliffe Media to Local World.[7]

A&N International Media

A&N International Media, formerly Northcliffe International, was the Central and Eastern European multimedia enterprise arm of Northcliffe Media. It had newspapers throughout Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria, with their biggest market in Hungary. They also had website interests in Croatia, owning four shopping, home and car websites as well as in Slovakia and Hungary.

The international arm began in 1989, when the Northcliffe Newspaper Group acquired Kisalföld, the largest regional newspaper in Hungary, serving the north-western county of Győr-Sopron. The group later acquired Délmagyarország, the largest daily title in the south-east of the country, and the English-language weekly newspaper, The Budapest Sun. Northcliffe also invested significantly in new headquarters and printing plants in both Győr and Szeged.

The total Eastern European business had revenues of £35 million per year and annualised profits of around £6 million. The arm had 801 overseas workers in 2006,[8] but after the arrival in the Croatian market in March 2007, this now exceeds 1,000. The chairman of the European arm was Vivian Baring and the director was István Szammer.


In Hungary Kisalföld, a morning newspaper based in Győr, has the highest circulation of any regional title in the country, selling an average 78,000 copies Monday to Saturday. It also publishes a daily edition for the town of Sopron. Northcliffe International also publishes Délmagyarország, Hungary's oldest regional daily newspaper and the largest selling title in the south-eastern region. In addition it publishes Délvilág for Csongrád county. Other publications include classified titles Magyar Bazár and Irányár. Websites include Használtautó, a car finder website (similar to that of DMGT's Loot Newspaper and website in Britain), Ingatlanbazár, a house finder website (similar to that of DMGT's Primelocation website in the UK) and Workania, a work finder website (yet again similar to Jobsite in the UK owned by DMGT).

Other newspapers owned by the group include the paid-for:

  • Déli Apró
  • Délmagyarország
  • Hírpressz
  • Irányár Bács
  • Irányár Békés
  • Irányár Szolnok
  • Magyar Bazár Álmos
  • Magyar Bazár Huba
  • Magyar Bazár Koppány
  • Magyar Bazár Tas
  • Vasárnapi Kisalföld

And the free:

  • Budapesti Cégregiszter
  • Csongrád Megyei Cégregiszter
  • Csongrádi-Szentesi Hirdeto"
  • Gyo"ri Cégregiszter
  • Gyo"rpress
  • Lajtapress
  • Makói Hirdeto"
  • Presztizs Magazin
  • Rábaközpress
  • Soproni Szuperinfo
  • Sopronpress
  • Szolnoki Hirdeto"
  • Vas Megyei Cégregiszter
  • Vásárhelyi Hirdeto"

Slovakia and Bulgaria

In 2004 Northcliffe International acquired Avizo, Slovakia's biggest daily advertising magazine which includes nearly 8,000 advertisements daily. Other acquisitions include City Express, a free weekly paper distributing 160,000 copies in and around Bratislava, the country's leading recruitment website, the leading motors website, and the quality daily newspaper Pravda, the oldest national title in Slovakia with a circulation of 78,000. Northcliffe’s Slovakian business, in which it invested a total of £23 million, employed over 300 people and generates revenues of £12 million.

Other newspapers owned by the Slovakian arm of the group included:

In Bulgaria, Northcliffe International owned the daily Bulgarian newspaper Pozvanete, established in 1992. Pozvanete is the leading paid-for classified advertising newspaper in the region with copies sold in Sofia, Varna and Plovdiv. The title currently employs more than 200 people.

Croatia and Romania

Northcliffe International entered the Croatian market in March 2007 with the purchase of 60 per cent of the country's leading recruitment website The site controls 85 per cent of the country's online jobs market. Northcliffe invested almost £12 million on digital assets in Hungary, Slovakia and Croatia. Other websites included;, and

In Romania, Northcliffe International's activities extended further with the acquisition of the classified title Anunţ A-Z in Bucharest. Anunţ A-Z was established in 1990 as a bi-weekly classified advertising periodical and sold 12,000 copies per issue mainly in Bucharest. The title also has a dedicated website.


Northcliffe Media claimed that over 3,272,302 people had visited all of its local sites for all the newspapers, with the most hit site being the Derbyshire. Northcliffe's core business was the production, printing and distribution of Regional Newspapers alongside its online 'thisis' network.


Some former subsidiaries of the group included Northcliffe Retail and a 25% shareholding in the website Fish4. Associated Northcliffe Digital (AND) was the online arm of the Northcliffe Media Ltd, one of the largest and most successful regional newspaper publishers in the UK. Its daily titles had a combined sale of more than one million copies per day and its paid-for weeklies sold in excess of 490,000 copies. Each week the Group also distributed 2.6 million copies of its free newspapers.


  1. "Details of Hungarian titles". Northcliffe Media. 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2007.
  2. "Big news in Slovakia as DMGT becomes a big player". Daily Mail and General Trust plc. 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2007.
  3. Tryhorn, Chris (30 November 2005). "Who will buy Northcliffe?". London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 4 October 2007.
  4. Brook, Stephen (6 July 2007). "Daily Mail group buys Trinity Mirror regional titles". London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 4 October 2007.
  5. Brook, Stephen (6 July 2007). "Northcliffe Media buys 26 titles from Trinity Mirror". London: The Editors Weblog. Retrieved 4 October 2007.
  6. "Folkestone Herald and Dover Express owners agree to sell newspaper titles to Kent Messenger". Hawkinge Gazette. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  7. Daily Mail sells regional newspapers to Local World BBC News, 21 November 2012
  8. "Annual report and accounts, Northcliffe Newspapers". Daily Mail and General Trust. 2006. Retrieved 7 October 2007.
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