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SALFORD ADVERTISER SELLS OUT
 

Star date: 26th October 2009 

Blears, Police and Politicians Get Their Own Propaganda Columns

Just a few months after moving out of its office in Salford to its new base in Manchester, the Salford Advertiser this week has handed a half page of the paper to Hazel Blears, has given Greater Manchester Police its own column – next to a full page Police advert of course – and continues to give the three leaders of Salford's main political parties their own half pages on a regular basis. 

Meanwhile the Advertiser's other stories concentrate on Coronation Street, jumping grannies, dog lovers and a double page spread on a yoga class…

Full story here…


A STATEMENT FROM SALFORD STAR

Whatever happened to journalism at the Salford Advertiser? Instead of investigating and interrogating local councillors, police and MPs, they've been handed their own columns in the paper to put forward their very own brand of propaganda. 

Why get your journalists spending time looking at Hazel Blears' expenses or voting record in the Commons when you can just hand over the page for Hazel to write herself? 

Why spend hours checking out miscarriages of justice when you can give the Police free rein to write what it wants? Especially when there's a lucrative full page advert right next to it?

At the very time when Parliament itself and its Select Committees are looking into the future of the free press, local media and democracy, this all flies in its face. The country's media regulator, OFCOM, bigged up the role of the local media at its Salford conference last month… "local journalism is important because it underpins democratic participation in the UK" and flagged its four functions…Informing, Representing, Campaigning and Interrogating…

How the hell can local journalists – no matter how good they may be – perform this function when they're too busy writing a two page first hand account of a yoga class, or re-writing press releases or subbing politicians' columns for them?

Who knows what agendas, political and financial, are behind this strange change of direction, coinciding with a move into the Manchester Evening News office on Deansgate.

Now we have a Salford print media made up of the Council's own propaganda rag, Life In Salford, stuffed full of adverts from the Police, NHS and Salford Council of course…and a castrated Salford Advertiser purring at the feet of the very politicians it should be clawing…

Meanwhile, the Salford Star is currently fighting to get back into print...

 

Fred Morgan wrote
at 19:50:06 on 26 March 2013
I have been asked by the secretary of my local pensioners assocation to find out the name and address of my local (Salford) newspaper. Puzzled. Help!.
 
Muriel Massey wrote
at 12:07:27 on 31 December 2012
I agree with Peter Shaw, Irlam and Cadishead are only classed as being part of SALFORD for COUNCIL TAX purposes. I very rarely receive the paper through my door,but my local paper shop sells them(I DONT THINK SO).
 
Winston Smith wrote
at 07:30:07 on 17 June 2012
Peter - you can have mine if you want, but don't get your hopes up
 
PETER SHAW wrote
at 19:39:12 on 16 June 2012
i live in cadishead the forgotten outpost of salford we dont get the advertiser delivered through our door but we can go to the newsagents and pay for it can anybody tell me why we have to pay for a free newspaper
 
Satnav101 wrote
at 19:42:56 on 31 October 2009
the Advertiser was a salford paper but .in my eys now .i totely agree it is now in bed whith the councelm and salford would love to now the deal thats done behind the seens .or do the MANCHESTER Advertiser.think salford folk are so daft . We need good reporting and not just one sided councel vews. But im now thinking I will be looking on line at this Salford Star paper .as its seems its now all salford pople have as a mouth pice,but i carnt wate for the elections, i voted lobour.but not this time thats for shure,any one but
 
Simon Keegan wrote
at 14:16:00 on 31 October 2009
The Salford Advertiser has about 50 editorial pages a week. Some of these are news, some are features, some are columns and some are sport. We try to deliver a mixture of content, from hard news to district events to opinion. And yes, we offer columns to the police and to local politicians but we also offer lively letters pages to the readers. Because of the 'present economic climate' (don't you hate that phrase) our resources are very much depleted. This time two years ago the Salford Advertiser had 11 people in editorial. We now have six. That equates to two of us subbing & designing pages and four reporters to cover all of Salford. And we also produce the [Prestwich and Whitefield] Advertiser. We do however try to get out into Salford as much as possible. Our reporters each have a patch (north, south, east and west)and we are trying our best to continue to offer the people of Salford the same level of news, views and features as before. We can't please all the people all the time, but I firmly believe the Salford Advertiser is the best local paper in the Northwest. Similarly the Salford Star are very good at what they do and I applaud their success. And haveyouheardowt, I'm glad your cat finds us absorbant. with no attitude and love Simon Keegan, editor, Salford Advertiser
 
Salford Star wrote
at 17:25:06 on 27 October 2009
See comment below...This article in no way intended to have a go at the Advertiser's journalists and we hope that's not what you meant by your comments. It's more a slag off of the management/owners and is about defending the role of journalism in a democracy...If you understand the NUJ you'll understand that.
 
salford freak wrote
at 17:19:33 on 27 October 2009
The NUJ is a trade union founded on the principle that the pay and conditions of individuals at work are best improved by, collectively, improving the conditions of all. Because of this, members are expected: (i) to treat other members of the union with consideration and respect and not to take actions which threaten their livelihood or working conditions (ii) to defend the interests of other members of the union in the same way as they would defend their own interests.
 
haveuheardowt wrote
at 16:17:23 on 27 October 2009
I only ever read before the bench and births, deaths and marriages, then my copy lines the cat litter tray. Hazel side up of course, i swear the cats started purring while doing it's business.
 
Mike Skeffington wrote
at 16:17:01 on 27 October 2009
Yet another knife in the back for Salford people. Having abandoned its roots, the Advertiser, (I've removed the word Salford because it no longer applies) has given propaganda space to the disgraced MP, Hazel Blears who was a major part of the council's conspiracy to silence the Salford Star by virtue of her failure to fulfill her committment to support local media projects. The Salford Star is now the only truly independent voice for the people of the city. Salford has a long and proud history of a free radical press and now is the time for that radical spirit to be re-awakened to show that the people of Salford cannot and will not be silenced. SUPPORT THE SALFORD STAR AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY!
 
Brian Francis Kirkham wrote
at 16:16:46 on 27 October 2009
Hold on folks, there's another story here Salford Advertiser Moves Base to Manchester ? A couple of points attached to other stories from your fine publication. 1) If the paper can't be created from Salford - Why Not? 2) Where are the local reporters going to be reporting from? 3) What has happened to the Offices of the Advertiser (either on Liverpool St, Salford / Church St Eccles?) 4) (And this is the BIG Question) Is this not another Infringment on Salford's Borders - Its bad enough the good things about Salford being referred to as being in Manchester. If the so called 'salford' advertiser is edited and printed in Manchester and only delivered free in those areas which regard themselves as part of Manchester (or Bolton (Yes Walkden - Im referring to You)) - Salford Council may as well start Incorporation talks Now....as the Civic Pride will evaporate into the ether!
 
Kelly McFarland wrote
at 21:07:21 on 26 October 2009
Can't say I didn't see it coming if im honest....Its pathetic. Salford is rapidly losing it's voice. So come on people stump up a tenner if you can afford it and help the Salford Star get back in print.Lets give Salford its voice back!
 
Antony Schofield wrote
at 19:32:47 on 26 October 2009
The Evening News, and the Salford Ad, have been rubbish for years, concentrating, as they must, on their primary role of selling eyes to advertisers. The whole paradigm of advertising driven print media appears to be its last legs. With corporate mainstream newspapers seeing rapidly declining circulation, independent local media outlets, like the Salford Star, are becoming increasingly vital for the maintenance of local democracy.
 
David Henry wrote
at 19:32:41 on 26 October 2009
Excellent article, I agree fully. There is a line which local newspapers should cross and the Advertiser has crossed it by giving so much free space to officials elected (and otherwise) to report "news" whilst ignoring so many community voices. I know many groups are told there isn't space to publish details of their activities and events so clearly the advertiser only gives space to items which support the agenda of it's other contributors. Shame, but more reason for the Salford Star to rise up and full it's boots!
 
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