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Trinity Mirror In Talks To Buy Express Newspapers - But It Could All Get A Bit Awkward

This could get rather awkward.

08/09/2017 12:10 BST | Updated 08/09/2017 16:54 BST

Trinity Mirror, a newspaper group with a strong anti-Brexit stance, is in discussion over potentially buying all of Northern and Shell’s publishing assets, including the Daily Express, Daily Star and OK! magazine.

Trinity Mirror owns the Daily Mirror newspaper, which came out strongly in favour of a Remain vote in the 2016 referendum.

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However, an insider told HuffPost UK that they felt it was unlikely that the Express’ editorial stance would change.

They said that the publication would likely be unwilling to risk losing readers, adding “softening the approach would be quite dangerous”.

They added that despite Friday’s news, employees had been advised that there was no certainty that the deal would go ahead.

Some have pointed out that this would be another move towards the consolidation of the UK media.

The BBC reported that the Competition Commission could become involved, although the combined readership of the Express and Mirror titles would be up approximately 29% of market share. This is not significantly different to the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday, which are at 23% and 22% respectively.

In a statement, Trinity Mirror said: “The board of Trinity Mirror notes that it is now in discussions to acquire 100% of the publishing assets of Northern & Shell.”

Any deal will have to be approved by Trinity Mirror’s shareholders.