The Sunday Business Post

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The Sunday Business Post
SBPlogo.jpg
Type Weekly
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Sunrise Media (Key Capital are majority shareholder)[1]
Editor Ian Kehoe
Political alignment Liberal
ISSN 0791-2617
Website Official website

The Sunday Business Post is a Sunday newspaper distributed nationally in Ireland.

The newspaper's editorial line has in the past been strongly Republican, especially under former editor Damien Kiberd.[2]

Among the paper's columnists are David McWilliams and Tom McGurk.

History[edit]

The Sunday Business Post was co-foundered by four people including the economist and editor Damien Kiberd, Aileen O'Toole (former editor of Business & Finance), Frank Fitzgibbon (editor of The Sunday Times Ireland) and James Morrissey (spokesperson for Denis O'Brien).[3]

The Sunday Business Post was previously owned by Thomas Crosbie Holdings (TCH). It was then now owned by Key Capital, Paul Cooke and staff members (6% equity for staff).[4] It is now owned by Sunrise Media who's shareholders include Key Capital.

The paper's first edition appeared on 26 November 1989. While TCH's other major newspaper titles, the Irish Examiner and Evening Echo, are based in Cork, the Post was published in Dublin. The paper describes itself as "Ireland's Political, Economic and Financial Newspaper". It is a general newspaper with a strong emphasis on commerce, politics and financial markets. The newspaper does not have a sports section. Three supplements are published weekly with the newspaper: The Market, which concentrates on Irish Stock Exchange and company news; The Magazine, an entertainment and features magazine; and a property supplement. A once-monthly Computers in Business magazine is also included.

Ted Harding succeeded Kiberd as editor of the paper in 2001 and edited the paper for three years, resigning in October 2004.[5]

In July 2014, Post Publications Ltd., the publisher of the paper, announced that Cliff Taylor would leave the paper after ten years as editor. Pat Leahy, the paper's deputy editor and political editor, was the paper's acting editor until Ian Kehoe was made editor.[6]

2013 and 2014 accounts[edit]

Annual revenue fell from €15.3 million to €7.3 million in the five years to 2013. Circulation revenue fell from €4.9 million to €3.6 million in the last 5 years to 2013. The newspaper had 76 full-time employees and 123 freelance contributors, and made a loss of €1.2 million in the year to 2013.[7]

In 2014, Post Publications Limited made a pre-tax loss of €628,000. Post Publications Limited paid €409,374 for redundancy payments and a new premises. Shareholders have pumped an additional €300,000 into the company. Staff numbers have reduced again. Post Publications employed an average of 61 people in the year to the end of June 2014. Both circulation and advertising revenue remain “under pressure”, the directors noted.[8]

Examinership and subsequent new ownership changes[edit]

An interim examiner was appointed to Post Publications Ltd, publisher of the Sunday Business Post newspaper, on 7 March 2013.[9] The High Court was told that there might be a voluntary redundancy scheme at the newspaper in late 2013 which would target 25 staff positions. This could coincide with pay cuts of 7% for employees and further possible changes as part of a financial restructuring plan for the company, the court was told.[10]

The examiner was formally appointed to the company on 15 March 2013.[11]

It was reported on 28 April 2013, that two companies were interested in acquiring The Sunday Business Post from the examiner. Landmark Media Investments, which acquired some of the assets of Thomas Crosbie Holdings, was no longer interested in the title. It was also reported that The Sunday Business Post required an investment of at least €2m to acquire the paper and restructure it. Any new bidder would have to fund the cost of laying off some staff.[12]

On 8 May 2013, it was reported that the Sunday Business Post had started staff redundancies. Up to ten staff were to leave the company by 10 May 2013. Staff were also told about a third pay cut. Post Publications were also looking to reduce the amount paid to their landlord by €1 million per year.[13]

It was reported on 12 May 2013 that bidders for The Sunday Business Post included Michael Brophy, a former chief executive of Independent News & Media (Northern Ireland).[14]

On 15 May 2013, Post Publications were back in court. They reported that the examiner had failed to find a buyer in the first 70 days of the examinership. The examiner was given a final 30-day extension to find a buyer. If a buyer did not materialise, the examiner must advise the court immediately.[15]

On 8 June 2013, it emerged that Key Capital, Paul Cooke and staff (6% equity for staff) had acquired The Sunday Business Post.[4]

Examinership ended on 19 June 2013. The new owners of the Sunday Business Post, Brindisi Ltd, took out a €350,000 loan to part-fund the purchase.[16] Several staff left the paper, including former chief executive Fiachra O'Riordan, former senior assistant editor Kieron Wood and former deputy chief sub-editor Garvan Grant.

On 13 July 2016, it was announced that Paul Cooke had sold his stake to Key Capital. Paul Cooke also resigned as managing director.[17]

The Sunday Business Post is now owned by Sunrise Media. The main shareholder in Sunrise Media is Conor Killeen's Key Capital. Sunrise Media also owns the Cork-based printing company Webprint Concept.[1]

In September 2017, it was reported that Sunday Business Post and Webprint Concepts may be for sale.[18]

Circulation[edit]

Year (period) Average circulation per issue
2009 (January to June)[19]
57,783
2012 (January to June)[20]
41,040
2012 (July to December)[21]
39,416
2014 (July to December)[22]
33,233
2015 (January to June)[23]
32,498
2016 (January to June)[24]
31,364
2016 (July to December)[25]
30,244
2017 (January to June)[26]
30,202
2017 (July to December)[27]
29,619

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Business Post price up as challenges increase - Independent.ie". 
  2. ^ "An phoblacht/republican News". republican-news.org. 
  3. ^ "New book by James Morrissey focuses on life long ago on Galway islands". IrishCentral. Archived from the original on 1 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Takeover deal agreed at Sunday Business Post". 7 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Harding resigns at SBP Samantha McCaughren , Irish Independent, Business, October 28, 2004.
  6. ^ Slattery, Laura (24 July 2014). "Taylor leaves Sunday Business Post after decade as editor". Irish Times. Archived from the original on 24 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2017. 
  7. ^ O'Connell, Hugh. "Interim examiner appointed to 'Sunday Business Post' newspaper". 
  8. ^ "'Sunday Business Post' records €628,000 loss". 
  9. ^ Hancock, Ciaran (16 March 2013). "Court appoints examiner to SBP - Marketing News | Daily Media Trends & More | The Irish Times - Thu, Mar 07, 2013". The Irish Times. Archived from the original on 16 March 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2017. 
  10. ^ "Interim examiner appointed to Sunday Business Post". 7 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "8 expressions of interest in Sunday Business Post". 15 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Crosbies pull out of bid to buy 'Sunday Business Post' - Independent.ie". 
  13. ^ "'Sunday Business Post' to begin lay-offs - Independent.ie". 
  14. ^ "Former INM boss Brophy entering the race to buy €1.5m Sunday Business Post - Independent.ie". 
  15. ^ "Post Publications gets more time to find investor". 15 May 2013. 
  16. ^ "Sunday Business Post to exit examinership". 19 June 2013. 
  17. ^ "Sunday Business Post managing director Paul Cooke resigns - Independent.ie". 
  18. ^ "'Sunday Business Post' put up for sale by Key Capital". irishtimes.com. 
  19. ^ http://www.abc-ireland.ie/Data/ProductPage.aspx?tid=1650[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "Irish Sunday Newspaper ABC Circulations, Jan-June 2012 - Media and Marketing Consulting, PPC, SEO Ireland, Search Engine Optimisation,". www.ilevel.ie. 
  21. ^ "Sunday Newspapers ABC July-Dec 2012 - Media and Marketing Consulting, PPC, SEO Ireland, Search Engine Optimisation,". www.ilevel.ie. 
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 February 2015. Retrieved 2015-02-21. 
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 September 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  24. ^ "Republic of Ireland Circulation Certificate, January to June 2016" (PDF). The Sunday Business Post. Retrieved 30 July 2017. 
  25. ^ "Republic of Ireland Circulation Certificate, July to December 2016" (PDF). The Sunday Business Post. Retrieved 30 July 2017. 
  26. ^ https://www.abc.org.uk/Certificates/48554767.pdf
  27. ^ Doyle, Conor. "Irish Newspaper Circulation July-Dec 2017 Island of Ireland Report - Media and Marketing Consulting, PPC, SEO Ireland, Search Engine Optimisation,". www.ilevel.ie. 

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