Rotherham Advertiser enters new era with change in ownership

THE Rotherham Advertiser has new owners.

It was announced this week that, after 165 years as an independent business, Regional Media Ltd owner Nick Alexander had sold the paper.

The Advertiser and its sister title The Weekender are now part of the National World group, which includes newspapers and websites across the United Kingdom.

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Announcing the acquisition of the Advertiser, alongside that of magazine publisher Insider Media Ltd, National World chairman David Montgomery said: “Over the last 12 months we have made a number of targeted investments and acquisitions designed to accelerate our progress, increase our capabilities and grow the audience for our high-quality content.

“National World offers a unique combination of digital news, specialist content and targeted audience engagement, helping it build deeper relationships with its readers and users. Today’s acquisitions are in line with that strategy as we reposition the business towards our new operating model.”

Advertiser editor Andrew Mosley said the change in ownership was the latest development in the paper’s history, and added: “There’s been a lot to be proud of over the years and many people, including Jeremy Clarkson, have passed through the doors of our various offices in Rotherham town centre, Eastwood, Manvers and back in town.

“It’s a paper with its own character, its own identity and, because of that, it is recognisable on the news stands.

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“I very rarely use the word proud in context of anything I have done, but I was genuinely proud when I was made editor of the Advertiser, because of those reasons and everyone who works here feels that sense of pride.

“This is a new era and we hope the people of Rotherham will continue to support us as we strive to provide them with the best content we possibly can — in paper and online — with the same spirit that has seen the Rotherham Advertiser through the past 165 years.”