On July 30, the Doncaster Free Press (paid-for title owned by Johnston Press) reported that getting rid of the council-run free monthly newspaper ‘has saved Doncaster Council £67,000 without cutting jobs’:
“The new mayor [Peter Davies] ditched Doncaster News, the monthly newspaper that had been delivered to every home in the borough since 2002, on his first day in the job.
“”It is simply council propaganda and an exercise in distorting unpalatable truths,” he said.
“Instead, he plans to keep residents informed through local news organisations including the Free Press.”
Earlier in the month it was reported by HTFP that Cornwall Council had scrapped ‘Your Cornwall’ magazine after it ran £250,000 over budget.
Listen to yesterday’s BBC Radio 4 Media Show for views from both sides of the free council news debate:
- Chandlers thank their local media and explain decision to sell story to nationals
- Newspaper society calls for urgent action over council newspapers
- Council news round-up: ad revenue shortage for East End Life and plans for new council TV
- Council publications axed days after restrictions agreed by parliament
- Digital Strategy: Why Camden council is moving into hyperlocal websites