Saturday, 15 May 2010

Local Heroes: Quotes of the Conference

I was at the Local Heroes 2010 conference at Kingston University yesterday, jointly organised with Press Gazette. Here are some of my favourite quotes:

Sir Ray Tindle on the strength of weekly newspapers:
"Some of my papers have survived the war against the Kaiser, the Great Depression and the war against Hitler. One even survived Napoleon."

Gloucestershire Echo editor Anita Syvret on daily papers being printed the day before: "Is there any point in a daily newspaper that's last with the news?"

Nigel Lowther editor of the independent Cleethorpes Chronicle
: "There are gaps in the market as the big companies make massive cut-backs to keep up their big profit margins. We're happy with 5%."

Betty Drummond, md of Champion Media free newspapers on Mersrseyside:
"The big groups are focusing on the bottom line and not on their newspapers."

Sheila Prophet, editor of ultra local news site "I don't go to the council for stories. They would probably give them to (the council-owned) Hammersmith and Fulham News."

Ex-Birmingham Mail editor Steve Dyson: "Putting 90 % of a newspaper's content online is madness. This free-for-all must end."

Eric Gordon, editor of the Camden New Journal: "I wasn't expecting so many people in suits."

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