The Audit Commission's chief executive Steve Bundred has claimed that the money spent on local council newspapers is not "unreasonable" and few are published frequently enough to be viable media for most local advertising.
In a letter to the Minister for Digital Britain, Stephen Timms, Bundred makes seven key points:
The letter will be a big disappointment to the Newspaper Society which has claimed that local council newspapers are taking away advertising from the local press and threatening its future. Last week Trinity Mirror chief Sly Bailey likened them to "mini-Pravdas" and said they must be stopped.
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