Duncan Williams (newspaper executive)

Duncan Williams is a British publisher involved in regional news and sport media. He bought a portfolio of hyper-local newspapers during a period of industry transition,[1] where long established titles were closing down and often selling at rock bottom prices.[2] As rapid readership migrations from print to digital took hold, Williams maintained that "the real value investment is in the brand".[3]

However, critics insist that his controversial acquisition of View From Newspapers,[4] as well as the historic Pulman's Weekly News[5] series has resulted in significant local job losses.

Williams is also known for his work within the faith publishing sector,[6][7] where he was involved in the surprise post-Leveson success of a Christian themed magazine[8] named Sorted gaining a foothold within the mainstream and highly competitive lads' mag marketplace.[9]

Additionally, Sport Newspapers were acquired by Williams who has invested in their transitioning from exclusively print based titles to "real time" digital brands with an expanded global reach gained from social media and gaming platform integration.


  1. ^ "Daily Mail group puts its regional press up for sale". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  2. ^ "Trinity Mirror puts regional newspapers up for sale - Journalism News from HoldtheFrontPage". HoldTheFrontPage. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  3. ^ "Crowdfund bid to save seven local newspapers shut down in West Country with loss of 20 jobs – Press Gazette". www.pressgazette.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-01-12.
  4. ^ "Nearly 30 journalists claiming £250,000 in redundancy and notice payments after closure of View From newspaper series – Press Gazette". www.pressgazette.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-07-01.
  5. ^ Merritt, Anita (2018-09-18). "Media director who purchased company for £1 is faces hefty bill". cornwalllive. Retrieved 2018-09-24.
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  7. ^ "Publisher speaks out over churches' 'rigid' values when treating people for drug and alcohol abuse". Bournemouth Echo. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  8. ^ "Sorted: a revolution in media | Christian News on Christian Today". www.christiantoday.com. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  9. ^ "'Wholesome' men's mag with a Christian slant bucks the trend of circulation decline | Press Gazette". www.pressgazette.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-03-19.