Sunday, 10 February 2013

Newspaper 'blacklisted' because of negative council coverage

A weekly newspaper claims it has been blacklisted for advertising by a county council – because the authority’s bosses are unhappy with the tone of its coverage.

Today’s South Wales Guardian, which circulates mainly in the Ammanford area, carried a front page story and editor’s comment piece accusing Carmarthenshire County Council of imposing an “advertising blackout” since September.

The story said: “Council advertising in the Guardian has all but dried up since publication of an editorial lambasting the authority’s now notorious Sainsbury’s press release regarding the Welsh [Government’s] call-in of plans for stores in Llandeilo and Cross Hands.

“Council figures show that during eight weeks between September 27 and November 21, the authority spent £9,551.69 in the county’s three newspapers with just £224.99 or 2.3% spent in the Guardian.

Read the full story from the source South Wales Guardian

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