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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