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New Year visit to the Press Gazette

It must be a tough time producing the Press Gazette which was closed, rescued and moved to new offices with a depleted staff. On top of that most of London seems to have been on holiday for the past fortnight.

But the headline today on my newsreader, Journalism facing massive new privacy curb, attracted attention. The PG home page summary read: “Legal experts have warned that journalism will have to change profoundly this year as a result of a recent Appeal Court case. Read More”

Ah! It must be a follow-up comment on the Loreena McKennitt decision last month. Interesting enough to try to “Read more” but it was a lie. There was just a blurb among several for this week’s contents and an invitation to subscribe.

Well, I have had a free ride for long enough. I am one of those who used Press Gazette online and read copies when I found one in the office, so perhaps it was time to take up the invitation to subscribe.

The digital edition on line is one of those electronic replicas which I find useless except when I want to examine the print presentation of a story. Not worth £57.50 a year to me. If I was offered access to all content and the archives for £1 a week, it would have been much more interesting.

The possibility of subscribing to the print issue was not available. That link led to a a subscription company page which said: “Sorry, but this magazine is not available on this website.”

I understand the need for the new owners to get some more money coming in. Let’s hope what we are seeing is a holding operation while some fresh ideas are developed.


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