Northcliffe Media is to sell off a number of its regional titles to Staffordshire Newspapers, part of Iliffe News and Media Limited.
In March it was reported that Northcliffe Media’s new managing director, former Metro director Steve Auckland, was planning to launch a review of the division’s 115 regional newspapers.
Parent company the Daily Mail and General Trust had previously ruled out buying or launching any more local newspapers, but had said it was interested in any approaches for its regional newspaper division.
Titles affected by the latest announcement are from its Leek Post & Times Business, including the Leek Post & Times, Uttoxeter Post & Times, Moorlands Advertiser and South Cheshire Advertiser.
In a statement Northcliffe Media said the sale is subject to the appropriate legal consultation with the employees of the Post & Times.
The sales will give the publisher “a greater opportunity to concentrate on developing our Stoke portfolio”, a statement added.
No one from Staffordshire Newspapers was available to comment at the time of writing.