The deals confirm the rapid consolidation in the regional newspaper market in the past few years. The next big sale will be United News and Media's regional newspaper interests.
Tim Bowdler, chief executive of Johnston Press, said: "This is a continuation of the consolidation of a very fragmented industry. We are looking for more acquisitions." Home Counties produces titles such as the Hampstead and Highgate Express and the Ilford and Romford Recorders and the deal complements Johnston's existing titles in Southern England.Reuse content