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National World drops long-term print partners in Newsquest tie-in

APH Dinnington, courtesy

National World has announced it will be partnering with Newsquest for the production of its Scottish and English newsbrands from Q4, 2023.

As a result, National World will be exiting long standing partnerships with current printers APH Dinnington and Thurrock, and DC Thomson, Dundee.

Tina Callcutt, National World’s director of content sales said: “We are delighted to announce that we have partnered with Newsquest for the production of our Scotland and England newsbrands. We will be working with our local teams over the coming weeks to make the required adjustments needed in preparation of transitioning to these new arrangements.

“It is with regret that we will be exiting our long standing partnerships with APH Dinnington and Thurrock, and DC Thomson, Dundee and our thanks go to the production teams at these sites who have provided a high level of service to National World over a number of years.”

National World has confirmed it will be continuing its longstanding partnership with the APH production team at Carn, Northern Ireland, for production of their Northern Irish brands including flagship titles the News Letter and Derry Journal. Interpress, Northern Ireland, will retain production of the Newry Reporter, Banbridge Chronicle and Farm Week.

The news is the latest blow for Scottish ‘Beano’ publisher DC Thomson which already made 300 staff, or around 19 per cent of its workforce, redundant in February and closed titles including teen mag Shout. DC Thomson also publishes newspapers including The Press and Journal, The Sunday Post and The Courier.

The end of printing at Dinnington, meanwhile, will bring an end to the Yorkshire Post publisher’s relationship with the Sheffield print factory, which was built by National World forerunner Johnston Press on the site of the former Dinnington Colliery at a cost of £60m in 2007. The plant was sold to Daily Mail owner dmg in 2020.

As well as the Yorkshire Post, Dinnington printed National World titles including Portsmouth News, and The Star.

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