The London 2012 Olympics and Diamond Jubilee saw national and local press titles produce a host of supplements, special editions and other initiatives in digital and print to help their readers celebrate the events.

In November, the press industry came together to progress plans for a new, tougher, independent system of self regulation following publication of Lord Justice Leveson’s report into the role of the press and police in the phone-hacking scandal. MailOnline became the world’s biggest newspaper website with 45.348 million unique users.

The creation of a new local media business Local World was announced. Led by former chief executive of publishers Mecom and Mirror Group David Montgomery, Local World is created from the newspapers and websites of Northcliffe Media and Iliffe News & Media.