John Duckers, a former business editor of the Birmingham Post who now works as a freelance media writer, gives his view of the upcoming Birmingham newspaper war on his Duckers & Diving blog.
He notes that the launch of Chris Bullivants's Birmingham Press and Trinity's Birmingham Post Lite will be followed next month by two big media events in the City - the Midlands Media Awards on May 13 and the Birmingham Press Club Journalists' Charity lunch the next day, with special guest Kelvin MacKenzie.
Duckers writes: "A load of seriously wasted and hung over types are going to have to get second wind fast.
Is it even worth going to bed? But I want to know whether there will be warring tables at both. Flags, bread rolls and insults flying between the Press and Lite and their supporters, or will there be a truce for the two days.
And what is MacKenzie going to make of it all?
That’s if it is even on his radar – after all, two weeklies knocking spots off each other in Birmingham is a bit akin to the classic ‘small war; not many dead’.
But, assuming Kelvin does get wind of it, I’m seriously looking forward to him ripping the piss as only he can.
To battle gallant knights."
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