Sintons oversees North News acquisiton


A regional news agency is under new management following the retirement of its founders after more than 35 years in business, in a deal completed by law firm Sintons.

North News and Pictures, which works nationally from its base in Newcastle, has announced husband and wife team Ted and Jane Ditchburn have retired from the company they founded.

The agency’s head of words Victoria Williams will now take over the firm as owner and managing director.

North News and Pictures was established in 1984 as a news and photo agency supplying newspapers, magazines and broadcast media with stories and pictures from across the North East region and wider UK.

Sintons acted for Victoria Williams and the company in its acquisition of their business, with managing partner Christopher Welch completing the deal.

Ted Ditchburn said: “While in some ways it is a real wrench to leave, the fact is that it that stepping back is something we have been working toward for a few years now.

“Vicky has a great team blending experienced, talented names, familiar to many in the media, with youth. Despite the Covid-19 crisis I and Jane worked with Vicky, as part of the handover process, to bring in three new employees only last month.

“She has been with us a number of years and knows the company inside out and has already been central to developing new clients and new products and services, with her knowledge of the whole new digital media landscape, and great energy, we couldn’t be leaving the company in better hands.”

New owner Victoria said: “Ted and Jane have been fantastic mentors over the years, and I will always be grateful to them for the opportunities they have given me, and the many interesting and valuable experiences they’ve enabled me to have, from very early on in my career.

“I would like to thank them both for passing on their business and leaving me equipped with the tools I believe I need to work towards taking North News to the next level and securing a bright future for the company and staff within it.”

Christopher Welch added: “North News and Pictures has established a reputation as a high quality, trusted brand within the media, with Ted and Jane creating an agency which has truly been built to last. Already 35 years old, its continual innovation means it is well set for the future, and Victoria’s knowledge and experience of the business will be invaluable in its ongoing success.

“We were delighted to act for Victoria, and wish Ted and Jane – as well as Victoria and her team – the very best for the future.”


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