GDPR hits Johnston Press Company Incomes

June 3, 2018


The launch of the General Data Protection Regulation has been responsible for a 9% decline in the incomes of the Johnston Press Media Group.

Johnston Press controls roughly 200 newspapers and websites across the UK and Ireland. Its top titles incorporate The Scotsman, Derry Journal, and Belfast News.

Total group incomes dropped by 9% during the first half of 2018 due to this weak performance. In addition to the expenditures of GDPR conformity, the future price of paper is a disturbing factor for the company.

The group issued a report which stated: “The trading atmosphere remains very challenging, worsened in recent months by indecision about future paper prices and the impact of GDPR on digital advertising incomes.”

Constraints on digital publicizing under GDPR resulted in the group painting a gloomy outlook for the second half of 2018. Together with this the Johnston Press are also presently finishing a restructuring evaluation before June 2019.

After the announcement shares in the group dropped by 17.6 percent to a record low after the publishing company stated the new European Union judicial modifications to data secrecy laws were affecting its online publicizing income, labeling the new method as “awfully demanding”.

Previous month group Chief Executive, Ashley Highfield resigned from his job quoting family reasons for his leaving. Mr. Highfield, who had been in the job is being substituted by David King. He (Highfield) steered the purchase of the i newspaper.

Johnston Press chairwoman Camilla Rhodes, talking at the time of Mr. Highfield’s leaving being declared said that he had carried out an exceptional job in reorganizing the company. She said “Ashley supervised the fruitful purchase of the i newspaper, has driven expansion in our digital footmark, while making considerable growth in reorganizing and restructuring our company. We wish him every achievement in the subsequent stage of his job.

She went on to speak concerning his substitute remarking: “I am delighted to declare that David King will step up to become CEO. David has worked diligently with the Board on our tactical review of financing alternatives. I am assured that David will demonstrate to be a strong leader and his move to the CEO job provides steadiness to the company at this important phase.”