Leveson backs regional press

LORD Justice Leveson has praised local newspapers in his report into the ethics and culture of the press.

In his long-awaited inquiry report, he singled out local newspapers for praise, saying their contribution to local life was “truly without parallel”.

He also called for urgent action by the Government to help safeguard the future of  regional newspapers after highlighting the declines in revenues they have faced.

The judge highlighted the struggle for survival faced by many local titles, saying “their demise would be a huge setback for communities”.

His report states: “In relation to regional and local newspapers, I do not make a specific recommendation, but I suggest  the Government should look urgently as what action it might be able take to help safeguard the ongoing viability of this much-valued and important part of the British press.

“It is clear to me that local, high-quality and trusted newspapers are good for our communities, our identity and our democracy and play an important social role.”

He said there was “no simple solution” to the issue, but this did not make things any less urgent.

Lord  Leveson’s report sets out proposals for an independent regulatory body for the press, set up by the press itself but underpinned by legislation and “verified” by statutory regulator Ofcom.

However, he said this model “should not provide an added burden to the regional and local press”.

Lord Leveson added: “As to the commercial problems facing newspapers, I must make a special point about Britain’s regional newspapers. In one sense, they are less affected by the global availability of the biggest news stories but their contribution to local life is truly without parallel.

“Supported by advertisements (and, in particular, local property, employment, motor and personal), this source of income is increasingly migrating to the internet; local councils are producing local newsletters and therefore making less use of their local papers.

“Many are no longer financially viable and they are all under enormous pressure as they strive to re-write the business model necessary for survival. Yet their demise would be a huge setback for communities, and  a real loss for our democracy.”

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12:50pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

As if he has the Pipe and Slippers Gazette delivered everyday. Can someone explain to simple soul that if the PM orders an inquiry and then finds its findings unacceptable he can just say in other words - ' that is not what I wanted to hear' - 6/10 see me after prep Leveson in my study .....
As if he has the Pipe and Slippers Gazette delivered everyday. Can someone explain to simple soul that if the PM orders an inquiry and then finds its findings unacceptable he can just say in other words - ' that is not what I wanted to hear' - 6/10 see me after prep Leveson in my study ..... Olivia2847
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3:39pm Fri 30 Nov 12

leroyjean says...

If he's approving of the Echo he can't have tracked too many of the Comment threads. These often get completely out of hand: innuendos, insults, wind-ups, slander, all manner of material gets posted until someone pulls it all. If the Echo didn't make the facility available it wouldn't happen. Save the trolls from themselves.
If he's approving of the Echo he can't have tracked too many of the Comment threads. These often get completely out of hand: innuendos, insults, wind-ups, slander, all manner of material gets posted until someone pulls it all. If the Echo didn't make the facility available it wouldn't happen. Save the trolls from themselves. leroyjean
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6:30pm Fri 30 Nov 12

jayman says...

leroyjean wrote:
If he's approving of the Echo he can't have tracked too many of the Comment threads. These often get completely out of hand: innuendos, insults, wind-ups, slander, all manner of material gets posted until someone pulls it all. If the Echo didn't make the facility available it wouldn't happen. Save the trolls from themselves.
that's the 'freedom of speech' element.... tsk.... they should put an end to that ASAP. why don't the echo or its monster mother company 'Gannett publishing' just close down the comments of news stories so we can all enjoy Tory friendly stories without the interference from all those 'well balanced' and 'normal' individuals who take the time to have an opinion.. tsk!!
[quote][p][bold]leroyjean[/bold] wrote: If he's approving of the Echo he can't have tracked too many of the Comment threads. These often get completely out of hand: innuendos, insults, wind-ups, slander, all manner of material gets posted until someone pulls it all. If the Echo didn't make the facility available it wouldn't happen. Save the trolls from themselves.[/p][/quote]that's the 'freedom of speech' element.... tsk.... they should put an end to that ASAP. why don't the echo or its monster mother company 'Gannett publishing' just close down the comments of news stories so we can all enjoy Tory friendly stories without the interference from all those 'well balanced' and 'normal' individuals who take the time to have an opinion.. tsk!! jayman
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7:04pm Fri 30 Nov 12

wavettore says...

TV media and newspapers will never tell you that an Israeli firm had placed the explosives that brought down the 3 buildings in NY on 9/11. ICTS was the only security firm in charge for the twin towers and building 7 (most people still do not know about this building that fell without being hit by any plane or other). ICTS was also the security company in charge for all airports that had allowed the highjack planes on 9/11 to depart. The work force of ICTS was the only one people to have access at night inside the 3 buildings and to allow Israeli agents to place those explosives inconspicuously before 9/11. Israeli agents were in fact arrested nearby on 9/11 transporting large amount of explosives in a white van (Chevrolet 2000) but they were later released by the Bush administration. Not as a coincidence, the same day, on 9/11 2001, and at the same time a CIA operation called Able Danger, was reproducing a military exercise that was supposed to mimic an attack by few planes crashing on buildings. Now our thought goes to George W. Bush, son of a former head of CIA, George H. Bush, who still holds the line in that agency. But all this was never reported by the media, in the hands of Zionists. The future of the World depends on what we make of 9/11. Once the masses will have understood what happened on 9/11 it will take a certain change from all people to go on and coexist with this newly accepted reality.
There is only one Solution.
http://www.wavevolut
ion.org/en/humanwave
s.html
TV media and newspapers will never tell you that an Israeli firm had placed the explosives that brought down the 3 buildings in NY on 9/11. ICTS was the only security firm in charge for the twin towers and building 7 (most people still do not know about this building that fell without being hit by any plane or other). ICTS was also the security company in charge for all airports that had allowed the highjack planes on 9/11 to depart. The work force of ICTS was the only one people to have access at night inside the 3 buildings and to allow Israeli agents to place those explosives inconspicuously before 9/11. Israeli agents were in fact arrested nearby on 9/11 transporting large amount of explosives in a white van (Chevrolet 2000) but they were later released by the Bush administration. Not as a coincidence, the same day, on 9/11 2001, and at the same time a CIA operation called Able Danger, was reproducing a military exercise that was supposed to mimic an attack by few planes crashing on buildings. Now our thought goes to George W. Bush, son of a former head of CIA, George H. Bush, who still holds the line in that agency. But all this was never reported by the media, in the hands of Zionists. The future of the World depends on what we make of 9/11. Once the masses will have understood what happened on 9/11 it will take a certain change from all people to go on and coexist with this newly accepted reality. There is only one Solution. http://www.wavevolut ion.org/en/humanwave s.html wavettore
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7:17pm Fri 30 Nov 12

Olivia2847 says...

wavettore wrote:
TV media and newspapers will never tell you that an Israeli firm had placed the explosives that brought down the 3 buildings in NY on 9/11. ICTS was the only security firm in charge for the twin towers and building 7 (most people still do not know about this building that fell without being hit by any plane or other). ICTS was also the security company in charge for all airports that had allowed the highjack planes on 9/11 to depart. The work force of ICTS was the only one people to have access at night inside the 3 buildings and to allow Israeli agents to place those explosives inconspicuously before 9/11. Israeli agents were in fact arrested nearby on 9/11 transporting large amount of explosives in a white van (Chevrolet 2000) but they were later released by the Bush administration. Not as a coincidence, the same day, on 9/11 2001, and at the same time a CIA operation called Able Danger, was reproducing a military exercise that was supposed to mimic an attack by few planes crashing on buildings. Now our thought goes to George W. Bush, son of a former head of CIA, George H. Bush, who still holds the line in that agency. But all this was never reported by the media, in the hands of Zionists. The future of the World depends on what we make of 9/11. Once the masses will have understood what happened on 9/11 it will take a certain change from all people to go on and coexist with this newly accepted reality.
There is only one Solution.
http://www.wavevolut

ion.org/en/humanwave

s.html
WTF are you on about?
[quote][p][bold]wavettore[/bold] wrote: TV media and newspapers will never tell you that an Israeli firm had placed the explosives that brought down the 3 buildings in NY on 9/11. ICTS was the only security firm in charge for the twin towers and building 7 (most people still do not know about this building that fell without being hit by any plane or other). ICTS was also the security company in charge for all airports that had allowed the highjack planes on 9/11 to depart. The work force of ICTS was the only one people to have access at night inside the 3 buildings and to allow Israeli agents to place those explosives inconspicuously before 9/11. Israeli agents were in fact arrested nearby on 9/11 transporting large amount of explosives in a white van (Chevrolet 2000) but they were later released by the Bush administration. Not as a coincidence, the same day, on 9/11 2001, and at the same time a CIA operation called Able Danger, was reproducing a military exercise that was supposed to mimic an attack by few planes crashing on buildings. Now our thought goes to George W. Bush, son of a former head of CIA, George H. Bush, who still holds the line in that agency. But all this was never reported by the media, in the hands of Zionists. The future of the World depends on what we make of 9/11. Once the masses will have understood what happened on 9/11 it will take a certain change from all people to go on and coexist with this newly accepted reality. There is only one Solution. http://www.wavevolut ion.org/en/humanwave s.html[/p][/quote]WTF are you on about? Olivia2847
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