Regional sales house Clacksons on alert as Archant reviews business

Regional newspaper publisher Archant has put its advertising sales contract up for grabs, leaving incumbent independent regional sales house Clacksons, Mediaforce and Amra to pitch for the business.

Richard Jewson: chairman of Archant
Richard Jewson: chairman of Archant

The Archant titles represent a significant part of the Clacksons regional portfolio. The sales house has been working within the regional press arena since 1903.

Titles that the sales house represents include paid-for dailies the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press and the Norwich Evening News, the weekly Islington Gazette Series, and the Ipswich Star Advertiser.

In March, the Norfolk-based publisher announced a 29.4% drop in operating profit to £10.4m during the financial year.

Turnover dropped 3%from £139.3m to £135.1m, and cash flow remained stable at £13.1m. Net debt was reduced by 25% to £17.4m.

On the release of the results, Archant chairman Richard Jewson said: "Despite very difficult trading conditions, Archant has continued to invest significantly, both in revenue and in capital, to pursue its strategy of developing a customer-centric, multimedia organisation.

Yesterday (21 May), the publisher announced two senior appointments at its East Anglia division.

Bob Crawley was appointed to the new role of publishing director of Archant Anglia, and James Gurney was made commercial director, taking responsibility for commercial revenues from the Archant Norfolk and Archant Suffolk business units.

Follow Mark Banham on Twitter @Banham72


Have your say...

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus
Media Week Jobs
Search for more media jobs

Latest

Looking back: How brands celebrated the birth of Prince George who turns one today

Looking back: How brands celebrated the birth of Prince George who turns one today

From Coke to Tesco to Jelly Babies, Marketing takes a look back at the brand activity surrounding the birth of royal baby Prince George a year ago today.

Share
MaxiNutrition signs deal with Men's Health

MaxiNutrition signs deal with Men's Health

MaxiNutrition, the sports nutrition brand, has signed a deal to promote the Total Body Challenge, a new workout programme from Men's Health, the Hearst-Rodale magazine.

Share
Omnicom promotes Peter Sherman to lead innovation and collaboration

Omnicom promotes Peter Sherman to lead innovation and collaboration

Peter Sherman, an executive vice president at Omnicom, has been appointed as the holding group's executive vice president for innovation and cross-agency collaboration.

Share

Get news by email