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Johnston Press acquires Brighton & Hove Independent

Johnston Press plc announced on Monday that it had concluded a deal to buy the Brighton & Hove Independent.

The free weekly distributes more copies per issue in the city than any other newspaper, boasting a weekly print circulation of 13,005 copies, says Johnston Press.

The title, which launched in 2011, has a targeted network of more than 300 distribution points across Brighton and Hove – as far north as Falmer, east to Brighton Marina and west to Portslade. It has a popular associated website: www.brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk and @BrightonIndy has nearly 7,000 Twitter followers.

“The Brighton & Hove Independent perfectly complements our portfolio on the south coast. It’s a great title with a superb reputation with both readers and advertisers,” said Johnston Press’ Chief Executive Officer Ashley Highfield.

“We are very pleased to welcome this well-respected newspaper and website to our stable as we further our efforts to expand our reach in the area. It’s a small but terrific team - who produce an excellent newspaper and website - and we’re very happy to have them on board.

Mark Ansell, Founder and Managing Director of Brighton & Hove Independent, says: “It's a landmark day for us. We started Brighton & Hove Independent with an ambition to change the media landscape, to do things differently. More than ever before, we will be able to serve our city and its residents; there are many voices we have not yet heard, many stones left unturned.

“Being part of Johnston Press will allow Brighton & Hove Independent to fast-track growth, to provide even more comprehensive coverage for the city, and to go from strength to strength."

Greg Hadfield, Editorial Director, says: “This is a big step forward for Brighton & Hove Independent. It means we will be in a much stronger position to deliver a newspaper that our city truly deserves."

The Brighton & Hove Independent will join the 32 other newsbrands in the Johnston Press South region, which includes one of JP’s flagship titles, The News - Portsmouth’s daily newspaper and website.

Johnston Press South MD Karl Dimmock will assume overall responsibility for the business, with the region’s Group Editor Gary Shipton overseeing editorial. There are no planned changes to staffing on the title, says Johnston Press.