The Joint Industry Group, the body formed to oversee newspaper and magazine distribution, is to disband at the end of the month.

JIG was formed in 1998 to monitor issues affecting newstrade but its membership has dwindled. It is set to be replaced next month by new self-regulatory body the Press Distribution Forum. The BRC resigned in January while the National Federation of Retail Newsagents said its own resignation reflected its "long-term dissatisfaction with JIG's failure to deliver benefit and supply chain improvement for the independent retail sector".

"With just four news wholesalers left, the need for a pan-industry body like JIG is not only less obvious, but when riddled with politics and company strategic agendas that manifests in stifled progress, the NFRN believes it can deliver more for its members through bilateral negotiation," said national president Suleman Khonat.