Midsomer Norton, Radstock & District Journal

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Radstock, Midsomer Norton and District Journal
Type Weekly newspaper
Format A4
Owner(s) Tindle Newspaper Group
Editor George Donkin
Founded 1980
Language English
Headquarters Unit 22, Midsomer Enterprise Park BA3 2BB
Circulation 15,000 (August 2011)
Website /

The Midsomer Norton, Radstock and District Journal is a free weekly newspaper circulated in the towns of Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Westfield, and surrounding villages in Somerset.

Ownership[edit]

The newspaper is owned by Midsomer Norton & Radstock Journal Ltd,[1] part of Tindle Newspaper Group, the Surrey-based publisher that owns many local UK titles.[2]

Format and publication[edit]

The newspaper consists of 28/32 pages published in colour in A4 format. The editorial offices are in Midsomer Norton.[3] It is printed on an industrial estate in Shaftesbury[4] and circulated door to door via local newsagents and to petrol filling station, pubs, supermarkets and other shops.

History[edit]

It was first published on June 26, 1980.[5] It was founded by Steve Shipley. George Donkin later became Steve's partner in the newspaper.[6]

In August 2003, Northcliffe Newspapers (now Northcliffe Media, owned by the Daily Mail), attempted to acquire the title. However, the circulation figures for titles owned by Northcliffe meant that written consent of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry was required.[7]

However, in October 2003 it was reported that the then Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Trade and Industry with responsibility for Competition, Gerry Sutcliffe had declined to consent to the transfer of ownership of Northcliffe because of the strength of Northcliffe's titles in the Bristol and Bath area.[8]

As a result, within hours Tindle Newspaper Group led by Sir Ray Tindle acquired the Journal instead, with Donkin continuing to run the Journal part of the company after the takeover.[9] Tindle Newspaper Group own the title to this day,[10] with Donkin currently the General Manager.[11]

Circulation and coverage[edit]

At the time of the takeover in 2003, it was reported that the paper had a circulation of 14,000.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  2. ^ http://www.newspapersoc.org.uk/Default.aspx?page=991
  3. ^ http://www.thomsonlocal.com/Midsomer-Norton-&-Radstock-Journal/0274228203505286000/map/companyinfo.html
  4. ^ http://www.newspapersoc.org.uk/Default.aspx?page=991
  5. ^ The Radstock, Midsomer Norton and District Journal, January 28, 2010
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 
  10. ^ http://www.newspapersoc.org.uk/Default.aspx?page=991
  11. ^ http://www.newspapersoc.org.uk/Default.aspx?page=991
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2010-02-03. 

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