Frequently Asked Questions

Yes a bonus issue in 1994, and Rights Issues in 1992, 1996, 2002, 2008 and 2014.  The Company also undertook a Sub-Division and Consolidation of its ordinary shares in November 2014 whereby each 50 existing ordinary shares were consolidated into one new ordinary share.

You can contact the Company's Registrar at the following address:

Computershare Investor Services PLC
PO Box 82
The Pavilions
Bridgewater Road
BS99 7NH 

or by telephone 0370 707 1097

You will need to contact your stockbroker, financial advisor or bank.

At 2 January 2016, there were 105,877,777 Ordinary Shares of 1p each in issue.

You need to talk to your personal financial advisor or other qualified professional.

Yes you can by completing a Share Transfer Form indicating your selection of charity. The Company’s Registrars will be able to provide you with the appropriate form.

You will have to complete and sign a Share Transfer Form and send it to the Registrar. In some circumstances stamp duty will be payable.

You need to write to the Registrar and ask for a duplicate. The Registrar will require you to complete a Form of Indemnity for which there will be a charge.

Currently the Company has no plans to propose a dividend on its ordinary shares.

Computershare Investor Services PLC
PO Box 82
The Pavilions
Bridgewater Road
BS99 7NH 

or by telephone 0370 707 1097

In accordance with the terms of the Group's financing agreement, available cash is used to reduce debt and no dividend is currently paid on the Company's Ordinary Shares.  Further information on dividends can be found here.

The Company operates a SAYE Share Option Scheme and a Share Incentive Plan, Company Share Option Plan, Performance Share Plan, Deferred Share Bonus Plan and Value Creation Plan for senior executives. More details are contained in the Annual Report and Accounts.

The last capital re-organisations were a 6.52 for 1 Rights Issue completed in June 2014 and a 50 for 1 sub-division and consolidation in November 2014.

You can get more information from The News Media Association. Visit their website at

Currency fluctuations do not have a major impact on the Company.

The internet plays a large part in our business and our strategy. The Group maintains a diverse range of digital products including more than 200 newspaper websites and mobile sites.  Read more about our digital products here.

Yes, the digital landscape is changing rapidly and we are constantly evaluating technological advances to generate additional revenues and increase efficiencies.  Read more about our digital products here.

All shareholders are encouraged to attend the Annual General Meeting.

Organic growth through general economic performance and increasing digital revenues through our online presence and growing range of digital products.

The Group’s operations are entirely focused on the UK and Isle of Man.

Panmure Gordon
One New Change

Ropemaker Place
Level 12
25 Ropemaker Street

You need to contact the Company's Registrar:

PO Box 82
The Pavilions
Bridgewater Road
BS99 7NH

You can discuss this with them by calling 0370 707 1097.

A Head Office with the business split into a number of functional divisions encompassing publishing, commercial, digital, printing & distribution, finance, HR, IT and newspaper sales & marketing.

We currently employ over 2,400 people.

We have many outlets for our print publications and these vary from market to market.  Find your local outlet here.

The current directors own around 1% although many staff are also members and our share schemes give all our employees the opportunity to participate in the Company’s ownership.

We are a Premium listed company traded on the London Stock Exchange. Please click here to see our latest share price.

The strength comes from the newspaper brands, internet sites, new digital platforms and established circulation figures.

The outlook for 2016 for the economy of the UK remains challenging. However, that serves to highlight the need for innovation and we believe the opportunity is there to successfully return Johnston Press to growth. Read about our strategy here.

The main elements of turnover are:

Print advertising 48.8%

Digital advertising 12.9%

Contract print 5.2%

Newspaper sales 29.6%

Other 3.5%

Our core business is publishing and printing local newspapers, the provision of news websites and ancillary activities including contract printing.  Read more about our products and services here.

Our ticker symbol is JPR.

A hard copy can be obtained in writing from:

The Secretary
Johnston Press plc
Orchard Brae House
30 Queensferry Road

Or alternatively you can view and download a copy here.

All of our newspapers are profitable but there is some variation between titles reflecting circulation frequency and whether the title is paid for or free.

Computershare Investor Services PLC
PO Box 82
The Pavilions
Bridgwater Road
BS99 7NH

Tel: 0370 707 1097

Our main competitors are:

  • Internet
  • Other local newspapers
  • Local radio
  • Outdoor advertising
  • Advertising-only publications

Our main customers are local advertisers and readers both in print and online.

See our Contacts page here.