Appointment of Non-Executive Director

Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 09:19

Johnston Press plc, one of the UK's leading regional media groups, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kjell Aamot as a Non-Executive Director of the Company with effect from 1 August 2010.

Mr Aamot was Chief Executive Officer of Schibsted ASA, the Norwegian publisher, from 1989 to 2009, transforming it from a family owned business to an international multi media company.  He continues to serve as a Non-Executive Member of the Board of 20Minutes (a publisher of free papers in France) in which Schibsted has a 50% interest.  He is also a Non-Executive Member of the Board of PubliGroupe, a Swiss based listed marketing and sales organisation, and an advisor to FSN Capital, an Oslo based private equity firm.  Previously he served as a Member of the Board of Nordea Bank AB, stepping down in the Spring of 2008.

Ian Russell, Chairman of Johnston Press, commented:

"Kjell will be a tremendous asset to Johnston Press and I am delighted to welcome him to our Board.  He brings an excellent track record in managing change in the media sector which will be of immense value to us."

There is no further information required to be disclosed under paragraph 9.6.13R of the Listing Rules of the Financial Services Authority relating to Mr Aamot's appointment.

For more information please contact:

Johnston Press plc
John Fry, Chief Executive

0131 225 3361



Buchanan Communications
Richard Oldworth/Christian Goodbody

020 7466 5000