30 September 2010

Tip-off sparks independent paper row

Why did H&F council announce on 28 September that it is going to tender the production of H&F News - just 24 hours before the government signalled the end of council-run newspapers (see previous hfconwatch blog)?

Who tipped off Cllr Greenhalgh that his mate Pickles was calling a halt to his propaganda machine?

Is the council's wheeze of turning H&F news into a 'partnership arrangement with an independent news provider' a clever move? Or a cynical attempt to get round the government's announcement?

The H&F council press release states: 'While H&F wants no say in editorial coverage, it wants to use the newspaper to communicate and engage with residents in allocated space clearly set aside for the council.'

So not very independent then!

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