The purchase by Johnston Press of several UK regional newspapers from Trinity Mirror has run into regulatory refusal.

Melanie Johnson, under-secretary of state for competition, consumers and markets, has decided to accept a recommendation from the Competition Commission that Johnston’s acquisition of four Herald & Post titles in the East Midlands be blocked.

However, the purchase of four other titles in the region has been given the go-ahead.

If all eight titles were transferred to Johnston, decided the minister, the media group would gain a virtual monopoly in the Northampton and Peterborough local markets.

Data sourced from: BrandRepublic (UK); additional content by WARC staff