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Newspaper owners rationalise industry bodies

The announcement that the Newspaper Society and the Newspaper Publishers Society are to come together under one director in the same building leaves two questions. Why has it taken so long? And when will they merge?

The logic for a merger is in the joint statement of Murdoch MacLennan, chairman of the NPA, and Paul Davidson, president of the NS. They say: “There are significant public policy and external challenges which national and regional newspaper businesses face in common. It is increasingly important that the NS and NPA – representing the regional and national press – build on their work for the entire industry.”

From February 1 next year NS director David Newell will be wearing a second hat, marked NPA. That would be mighty confusing if the continued autonomy of the organisations resulted in differing policies.
(via Roy Greenslade)

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