Private Eye reports that Tory H&F council appears to be “nobbling” the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle by transferring all its advertising - worth £450,000 - there from the propaganda sheet H&F News (closed by order of Eric Pickles).
The Eye says, “What the Chronicle will do if it gets a story that challenges the [council’s] spin doctors’ line has not been explained.” See full story below.
The advertising contract with the council reaps the paper £75,000 a year for six years. Only £36,500 of this is for statutory notices, reckons Labour opposition leader Steve Cowan, which leaves £38,500 a year for propaganda. See details here.