CN Group

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CN Group
Holding, Limited company
Industry Media
Founded 1815
Headquarters Carlisle, Cumbria
Key people
Products Broadcasting, Newspapers Magazines

CN Group Limited is an independent local media business based in Carlisle, Cumbria, England, operating in print and radio.

The company was formerly known as the Cumbrian Newspapers Group Ltd but changed its name to reflect the fact that is no longer primarily a newspaper publisher. One of its principal subsidiaries however is still known as Cumbrian Newspapers Ltd.


The company can trace its origins to the founding of the Carlisle Patriot newspaper in 1815, which eventually became the Cumberland News.[1] Historical copies of the Carlisle Patriot, dating back to 1817, are available to search and view in digitised form at The British Newspaper Archive.[2]


CN Group owns two radio stations: Lancaster-based The Bay and Kendal-based Lakeland Radio.

The company formerly owned the Touch Radio Network stations in the Midlands outright until selling them to Quidem in June 2009. The two exceptions to this were the Loughborough licence, Oak FM which was sold to the Lincs FM Group and the Banbury Touch FM licence, which was sold to a private consortium and relaunched as Banbury Sound. It quickly became apparent that operating these licences outside of the regional network was not a commercially sensible move. As a result, Quidem acquired Banbury Sound in 2010 and Oak FM in 2012, effectively reforming the original CN Midlands network.

CN previously owned Mid FM in Northern Ireland. CN also previously owned Belfast CityBeat until January 2015 when it was sold to the Q Radio Network.[3][4]

They also had a shareholding in Carlisle-based CFM Radio, holding a further stake in neighbouring Border Television.


CN Group publishes daily and weekly newspapers and magazines for Cumbria, Northumberland, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

List of CN Group Titles[edit]


  • 24 - The North’s National - A weekday evening paper, launched 20 June 2016, closed 29 July 2016.
  • News and Star ( - Daily evening paper circulated with separate East (except Friday and Sunday) and West (except Sunday) editions.
  • North-West Evening Mail - Daily evening paper circulated in Furness and other parts of south Cumbria.
  • The Cumberland News - Weekly (Fridays) covering East Cumbria. Separate Main and Late Final editions
  • Cumbrian Gazette - Weekly freesheet. Separate editions for East and West Cumbria
  • Whitehaven News - Weekly (Thursdays)
  • Times & Star - Weekly (Fridays) separate Workington, Maryport and Cockermouth editions
  • Hexham Courant - Weekly
  • Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser - Weekly (Thursdays)
  • Advertiser - Commercially selective postcode distributed weekly freesheet covering South Cumbria


  • Cumbria Life - monthly
  • Carlisle Living - monthly
  • Dumfries & Galloway Life - monthly (covering Dumfries & Galloway and Scottish Borders); formerly DGB Life
  • In Cumbria - quarterly
  • Events
  • Lakesman - Yearly
  • The Bay


CN Group prints items such as newspapers (Local & National), magazines and leaflets.


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