Thursday, 27 November 2008

Was Barter miles ahead of his time?

Interesting piece here by Miles Barter, the NUJ's new campaigns officer, on the 'grim state of the local press'. He writes on the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom website: "Britain’s local papers - and the journalists who work for them - are being run into the ground by five big companies who care nothing for communities, and are obsessed with profit." His comments were made not just pre-credit crunch but more than three years ago in August 1985 when the profits were still rolling in. I imagine his shocking salary figures - he tells of a news editor quitting to get more money at McDonald's - were gleaned when he was the union's northern organiser.

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