Tory controlled Thurrock Council is pressing ahead with plans for a new council-run newspaper costing £100,000, HoldtheFrontPage reports today.
The news comes just a week after the Government asked the Audit Commission to investigate newspaper-style council newspapers as part of the Digital Britain proposals. It follows complaints that the newspaper-style council publications are a commercial threat to the local press by taking away local authority advertising.
HTFP quotes Thurrock Gazette editor Steve Lewis voicing his concern over the move as "quite a large percentage of our advertising is council advertising."
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