The Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has made another one of those off-the-wall decisions, that he has made periodically since he bought Newcastle United six and a half years ago, and it will hardly improve his status in Newcastle.
Mike Ashley – another bizarre decision by the Newcastle owner
Local journalists from the Journal, Chronicle and Sunday Sun have been barred from using the media facilities at the club for some time now, but Ashley has indicated that he will not give access to the Newcastle players between games from now on, and those news outlets will have to pay for that privilege.
Not surprisingly, this is causing condemnation and consternation in the news media, since this has never been done before in football, and we’re not sure why Newcastle has to be the first club to come out with this rather crazy idea – and it cannot be just about the money.
The news is that the club is going to introduce an “exclusive access” package to those news outlets that pay for the access to players.
This is one of those strange moves by the Newcastle owner, and only he knows why he keeps making these types of odd and damaging decisions, and they certainly don’t bring him any sympathy from the Newcastle fans, or from the local media for that matter.
The move also begs the question about independence in broadcasting, and his current ban on local journalists is presumably in part so that they will give him more positive coverage in the future – and the ban was because of the excess coverage of the march against Ashley in the Newcastle City Center.
But with moves like this, more positive publicity for Ashley is highly unlikely.
What do you think?
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