Sunday 18 March 2018

'Examiner' woes that could sink 'The Irish Times'

What dangers await The Irish Times, caught between a rock and hard place as it considers buying the ailing Examiner title, asks Liam Collins

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Liam Collins

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There is a widespread view that The Irish Times is sailing perilously close to the edge with its 'exclusive' talks to purchase Landmark Media Investments, the disaster-prone publishers of the Irish Examiner newspaper.

Many believe the reason for this move is to hold on to the lucrative printing contract for the Cork-based newspaper.

This contract, even with its declining circulation, has been making a serious contribution to the Tara Street publisher's income since it was snatched from the wreckage of the Thomas Crosbie Holdings receivership in 2013.

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