National newspaper cut-off times have been extended to allow for coverage of the Rugby World Cup.
To enable full coverage, the cut-off periods agreed with the News Media Association have been limited to 45 minutes instead of the usual hour.
The results for England matches taking place on Saturday 19 September, Sunday 27 September and Sunday 4 October, all of which kick off at 8pm, are expected by 10pm.
There is also delayed cut-off for coverage of the England football team’s European qualifier on Saturday 10 October, which kicks off at 7.45pm, with the result expected by 9.45pm. But some HND retailers say the level of disruption will far outweigh the sales gains.
David Woodrow, of Woodrows newsagents in Renfrewshire, said: “In this day and age we shouldn’t be changing cut-off times. What is to be gained? People see results on digital and the best way to keep newspapers in people’s hands is through HND. The cost of double-running is not made up by selling a few extra copies.”