Press Sustainability Review: A Total Sham, Part 2 – Julian Petley

15 02 2018

No-one would deny that both the local and national press are facing problems. In the past decade more than 300 local newspapers have been closed, and two thirds of local authority areas and more than half of parliamentary constituencies no longer have a local daily newspaper covering their affairs. Read the rest of this entry »





Press Sustainability Review: A Total Sham, Part 1 – Julian Petley

14 02 2018

The Government has recently announced a review into the sustainability of the press. According to its summary of the review’s scope, ‘the UK has always benefited from a strong, well established and diverse press sector’, and the resultant Read the rest of this entry »





Why Theresa May’s plan to save local journalism could end up benefiting media moguls – Steven Barnett

10 02 2018

File 20180209 51697 473zlb.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1There are two ways of looking at the new Press Review announced by Theresa May, the UK prime minister: a genuine attempt to inject some badly needed funds into the failing business model of journalism, or another backhander to the mainstream corporate press to keep them sweet. Depressingly, history suggests the latter. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson: Theresa May gets her facts wrong – Brian Cathcart

12 01 2018

The Prime Minister says press reforms backed by the Lords threaten local papers. But locals already have a special opt-out– thanks to measures she helped sponsor. Read the rest of this entry »





Theresa May, the press and a lesson from history – Brian Cathcart

29 01 2017

baldwinOne of the decisions that Theresa May must make in the next few weeks will define her as a prime minister – and it is not about Brexit. The fateful choice before her is between, on the one hand, standing up to the corporate national newspapers and becoming a political leader in her own right, and on the other, accepting that, for as long as they allow her to remain in Downing Street, she must be their doormat. Read the rest of this entry »