What News?: The Market, Politics and the Local Press by Bob Franklin

By Bob Franklin

A survey of the function and the long run clients of the neighborhood press within the Nineties. The authors additionally consider the unconventional alterations the neighborhood press were via with new know-how and the proliferation of loose newspapers.

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Over the country as a whole a number of municipal newspapers have decided it is easier to cease publication than risk offending the vaguely worded prescriptions embodied in the various clauses of the 1988 Act and a ministerial code of conduct. None the less, in the larger urban areas, local authorities continue to publish a growing number of increasingly professional publications with distribution figures approximating in some cases to almost a million copies per issue. In terms of both journalistic quality of editorial and technical quality of presentation, these papers very closely resemble the standards achieved by their commercial counterparts.

In the UK, however, this situation, by and large, does not exist. A centralized political system has become yet more centralized over the past decade. An economy dominated by a small number of very large firms often multinational in form and ownership has become more dominated by such corporate structures. This is heavily reflected in the ownership and control of the local press. A small number of firms, generally conglomerate in nature and generally multinational in scope, own the voice of the parish pump in Britain.

At the same time, costs were down by 19 per cent, and he was predicting greater benefits still to come as the result of new printing plant at Broughton, near Preston, which was opened in 1989. It is interesting to note how an empire such as United Newspapers is built up, and an example may help to illustrate the process. The Wigan Observer is now a member of the United Newspapers empire. It was founded in the 1850s and survived for 120 years in the ownership of the Wall Brothers, a family of wealthy(ish) Wigan Liberals.

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