Newspapers and magazines

The goodwill gesture by Express Newspapers has been welcomed by retailers

Express Newspapers is increasing payment rates for independents who handle third-party advertising inserts.

The group, which publishes the Daily Express, Sunday Express and Daily Star newspapers, will hike this year’s payments for retailers who pack advertising inserts into the papers for home news delivery services.

Express Newspapers said it would follow The Telegraph’s similar move last month and increase the rate for inserts that weigh 70g-400g by 7.64%.

Increases will be backdated to 1 April 2016 and will run until 31 March 2017.

“For news retailers that offer home news delivery, these third-party advertising inserts do bring with them additional costs so we are pleased that Express Newspapers has decided to enhance the payments rates and we will be encouraging our members to ensure they are registered for the scheme and if not to do so,” said NFRN chief executive Paul Baxter.

“In 2016, our members experienced significant increases in their operating costs with the introduction of the living wage, new increases to the minimum wage rates from October 1 and auto enrolment payments, so we are grateful for this unexpected but entirely welcome Christmas present. Perhaps other publishers would care to inject some further festive cheer and follow suit!”