Decline of local papers a bigger concern than morals

The rapid decline of local newspapers is a more urgent concern than phone hacking and press morality, according to a former regional editor.

Neil Fowler told a joint committee on injunctions and privacy that the phone hacking scandal has become a “huge diversion” from the bigger issue facing journalism – “the financial state of the regional and local newspaper industry”.

He said newspaper editors are facing the real issue of asking if their newspaper can survive. “Can there be a newspaper scrutinising local MPs, local authorities and local courts going forward?

“Regional and local newspapers act in a certain way and nationals in another way, and this is taking away from what we should really be discussing.

(Source: Press Gazette)

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