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Newsquest acquires Romanes Media Group

Newsquest Media Group, one of the leading regional media groups in the UK, announced today that it has acquired Romanes Media Group, for an undisclosed sum.

Romanes is a local news publishing business operating in Scotland, Berkshire and Northern Ireland. The Romanes newspaper portfolio comprises one daily, 19 weekly paid-fors and nine weekly frees, and associated websites, and the company employs 270 staff.

Henry Faure Walker, Chief Executive of Newsquest commented: “Newsquest is focused on building one of the leading local multi-media publishing businesses in the UK, and I am delighted to welcome Romanes Media Group to the company. We operate in separate markets but this portfolio of good quality weekly titles provides a strong fit with plenty of opportunity.”

Romanes Media Group originated with the Dunfermline Press which was founded by the Romanes family in 1859. Its local news brands include the Greenock Telegraph, the Dunfermline Press, the East Lothian Courier, the Reading Chronicle, and the Impartial Reporter.