New owner for newspaper group

Archant, the company which owns the Comet, the Herts Advertiser, the Royston Crow and the Welwyn Hat

Archant, the company which owns the Comet, the Herts Advertiser, the Royston Crow and the Welwyn Hatfield Times, has come under new ownership. - Credit: Archant

The company that owns this newspaper has announced it is to come under new ownership.

Norwich-based Archant – which publishes the Comet, the Herts Advertiser, the Royston Crow, the Welwyn Hatfield Times and many other titles – has been acquired by RCapital. It takes a controlling share, with a minority holding for the Pension Protection Fund, into which Archant’s long-defunct company pension has been transferred.

Chris Campbell, partner at Rcapital, said: “We are incredibly pleased to have worked alongside Archant’s management team and KPMG to put forward a plan that will restructure finances and inject fresh capital into one of Britain’s oldest local newspaper brands. We are hopeful, that with the support of its creditors, Archant will emerge from this challenging period as a stronger business that continues to provide a vital service to its clients and readership.”

There is no interruption to publishing in the business, which continues to trade as before.


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