A Commons committee has rejected a plan by communities minister Eric Pickles designed to restrict council-run newspapers, reports Roy Greenslade.
MPs on the communities and local government select committee argue that a revised code drawn up by Pickles to prevent the publication of so-called “town hall Pravdas” should be reconsidered.
council newspapers, eric pickles, local government, Local newspapers, regional media
In a lengthy report released today on the proposed code of recommended practice on local authority publicity, the committee accuses the minister of failing to provide proof that council-run papers threaten commercial newspapers.
- Jon Slattery: Tower Hamlets scraps press table but fights to save East End Life paper
- New code for council newspapers being ‘considered’ in review of East End Life
- Council publications axed days after restrictions agreed by parliament
- AllMediaScotland: MPs release ‘Crisis in the Scottish Press’ report
- MediaGuardian: MPs slam council newspapers as councillors defend freesheets