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Iconic Newspapers

Iconic Newspapers is an Irish newspaper company that publishes over 20 regional newspapers. Iconic Newspapers are owned by Mediaforce who are majority owned by Malcolm Denmark. Iconic Newspapers hold their newspaper assets in a subsidiary called Formpress Publishing. [1].

In 2005, Johnston Press Ireland was formed in 2005 following the purchase of Scottish Radio Holdings' newspapers known as Score Press by Johnston Press in 2005 for £155 million.[2] In the same year, they also purchased the Leinster Leader Group (just after Leinster Leader Group had purchased Tallaght Publishing Ltd), who published six titles, for €138.6 million. [3]

In 2014, Iconic Newspapers acquired Johnson Press Ireland. [4]

The company is based in Naas, County Kildare.

History [ edit ]

In May 2017, it was report that Iconic Newspapers may bid to acquire some Landmark Media Investments regional titles. Iconic Newspapers did not proceed with this acquisition.

In September 2017, it was reported that Iconic Newspapers managing director Joe Flaherty, was selected to run for Fianna Fail in Longford-Westmeath. [5]

In November 2017, it was report that Iconic Newspapers were making staff redundant at the Donegal Democrat. [6]

In January 2018, the 2017 accounts were published. Revenues at Formpress Publishing Ltd declined by 2pc from €13m to €12.6m. Numbers employed by the company last year reduced from 165 to 161 with staff costs declining from €6.84m to €6.59m.[7]

In November 2018, it was announced that Iconic Newspapers had acquired 7 titles from River Media. [8]

In November 2018, Fine Gael Senator Paudie Coffey sued Iconic Newspapers over an article written in the Kilkenny People. [9]

In January 2019, the accounts up to March 2018 were published. Revenues at Formpress Publishing Ltd declined by 3pc from €12.6m to €12.2m. Numbers employed by the company last year increased from 161 to 163. Profits declined 6%.[10]

In March 2019, Iconic Newspapers settled a defamation action from an ex-minister over an article in the Tipperary Star. [11][12]

In April 2019, Iconic Newspapers acquired 2 newspaper titles from Alpha Newspaper Group. The acquisition is subject to competition authority approval. [13] In October 2019, the competition authority approved the transaction subject to conditions. The Irish government need to approve the acquisition next. [14]

In August 2019, Fine Gael Senator Paudie Coffey has settled his High Court action with Iconic Newspapers. [15]

In October 2019, it was reported that Ionic Newspapers were in advance talks to acquire The Munster Express.[16]

Current Irish Newspaper titles [ edit ]

Former newspaper titles [ edit ]

  • Limerick Chronicle (Now a supplement in the Limerick Leader, not a standalone title)
  • Offaly Express

Websites operated [ edit ]

Iconic Newspapers run 23 websites in total [43] which are mainly websites linked to their newspaper titles.

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Formpress Publishing reports €1.2m pretax profit". Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  2. ^ Press Release on Purchase of Score PressArchived 2007-08-08 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Press Release on Purchase of Leinster Leader GroupArchived 2007-08-08 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/johnston-press-sells-14-irish-titles-to-iconic-newspapers-30146666.html
  5. ^ "FF newspaper boss won't use titles to win vote - Independent.ie". Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  6. ^ Highland, News. "NUJ calls on Iconic Newspapers to halt redundancies at Donegal Democrat - Highland Radio - Latest Donegal News and Sport". www.highlandradio.com. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Profits at publisher Formpress drop 12pc - Independent.ie". Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  8. ^ https://www.irishnews.com/business/2018/11/17/news/seven-weekly-newspapers-within-the-river-media-stable-have-been-sold-to-iconic-newspapers-1487341/
  9. ^ https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/courts/fg-senator-article-called-me-a-robber-and-cost-me-my-dil-seat-37550628.html
  10. ^ https://www.irishtimes.com/business/media-and-marketing/profits-at-limerick-leader-publisher-fall-6-1.3751589?mode=sample&auth-failed=1&pw-origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.irishtimes.com%2Fbusiness%2Fmedia-and-marketing%2Fprofits-at-limerick-leader-publisher-fall-6-1.3751589
  11. ^ https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/ex-minister-settles-action-against-local-newspaper-publisher-911932.html
  12. ^ https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/defamation-action-involving-ex-ff-minister-michael-smith-settled-1.3831508
  13. ^ https://www.independent.ie/business/media/former-top-unionist-to-sell-newspaper-business-south-of-the-border-38029901.html
  14. ^ https://www.irishtimes.com/business/media-and-marketing/limerick-leader-owner-cleared-to-acquire-two-more-titles-1.4045358
  15. ^ https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/paudie-coffey-settles-high-court-defamation-action-with-newspaper-1.3972930
  16. ^ https://www.irishtimes.com/business/media-and-marketing/iconic-newspapers-in-talks-to-acquire-munster-express-1.4058249
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  39. ^ https://www.ccpc.ie/business/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/12/M-18-092-Formpress-Publishing-Iconic-Assets-of-River-Media-Public-Determination-.pdf
  40. ^ https://www.ccpc.ie/business/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2018/12/M-18-092-Formpress-Publishing-Iconic-Assets-of-River-Media-Public-Determination-.pdf
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