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March 4, 2009

Local newspaper chiefs form new alliance

By Jon Slattery

A new alliance of regional newspaper group chief executives has been formed to negotiate with the government on behalf of the sector which is facing unprecedented job losses and closures, the Financial Times reports today.

The new group, called the Local Media Alliance, is made up of the seven chief executives of Trinity Mirror, Johnston Press, Newsquest, Northcliffe Media, Guardian Media Group, Archant and DC Thomson. They will be joined by the Newspaper Society, which represents regional newspaper publishers.

Roger Parry, who retires as chairman of Johnston Press later this month, has been appointed chairman of the LMA group.

He tells the FT: “This is not a lobbying organisation but a way for the regional press to act quickly and efficiently to provide information and responses to government in a fast-moving situation.”

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