Can they be editorially independent?
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Trinity Mirror plc is the largest British newspaper, magazine and digital publisher after purchasing rival Local World from Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT) for £220 million in October 2015.
Trinity Mirror publishes 240 regional papers as well as the national Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and The People, as well as the Scottish Sunday Mail and Daily Record.
Simon Fox, Chief Executive of Trinity Mirror, said the five national newspapers would remain editorially independent:
- “The Mirror is not going to go right-wing and the Express is not going to go left-wing. They will absolutely all have editorial independence. Decisions on what goes into each title will be entirely down to the editors.”
In 1958 the International Publishing Company (IPC) acquired Mirror Group Newspapers, but IPC was in turn taken over by publishing giant Reed International in 1970. In 1984 Pergamon Holdings, a company owned by Robert Maxwell, acquired the Daily Mirror from Reed International. The company was relisted as Mirror Group (MG) in 1991 and went on to buy Scottish & Universal Newspapers in 1992, before acquiring the Birmingham Post and Mail in 1997.
Trinity Mirror was formed in September 1999 as an acquisition by Trinity International plc, a company formed in 1985 which was previously called the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo (LDPE).
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