Tag Archives: local newspapers

Grim Up North

Earlier this month a group of daily newspapers in the North of England, many of them long standing rivals, joined forces in a rare show of unity in order to call for the Tory leadership candidates to pay more attention to the North. The #powerupthenorth campaign is being backed by over thirty publications and wants […]

Who owns the News?

Last week the Media Reform Coalition published their latest report in to who owns the UK media. It is a fascinating and somewhat disturbing read. Four out of every five national newspapers sold in the UK are owned by just three publishers, News UK,  Daily Mail General Trust and Reach. There is even more of […]

More Bad News for Newspapers

For those of us who care about the future of newspapers in print there was distressing news this week when JPI Media announced the loss of 70 editorial jobs across their network of regional papers. As you may recall, JPI Media took ownership of the newspaper group last year after Johnston Press went into administration. […]

Mixed Signals on Local Papers

The Cairncross Review into the future of the UK news industry was published this morning. While I haven’t yet had the opportunity to look at it in detail (it runs to 157 pages!), there are some interesting recommendations, including greater regulation of social media platforms and the creation of an Institute for Public Interest News. […]

Happy New Year

First of all, may I begin by wishing you all a Happy New Year. You don’t need to be Mystic Meg to predict that the year is likely to be dominated by Brexit. On the political front the posh boys on the Tory right (Johnson, Rees Mogg, etc) may well succeed in their desire to […]

Review of 2018

I can’t imagine that too many people will be looking back on 2018 with any degree of fondness. On the political front, the never ending Brexit saga has moved from tragedy to farce and has also demonstrated that the current crop of UK politicians are a fairly mediocre and uninspiring bunch. As if that wasn’t […]

The Press Release is Not Dead

For several years now I’ve been reading articles in the PR trade press telling me that the press release is in a similar state to Monty Python’s legendary parrot – it is dead, it is no more, it has ceased to be, etc The argument, put forward by the likes of Government Comms Chief Alex […]