When the Chronicle had an interview with Mike Williamson yesterday we thought maybe their media ban had been lifted and that’s the good news today – at least for the local papers, the Journal, the Chronicle and the Sunday Sun,
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley
The ban has lasted almost 14 months and that’s a long time to keep the local reporters of the football club out of the mix, but the ban has not been lifted on the Telegraph.
Their ban was for reporting that Mike Ashley was ready to sell Newcastle United so he could own Rangers outright, but that never looked very plausible form the owner’s’ viewpoint.
Why would Mike give up world-wide publicity every week for his company Sports Direct and Newcastle to buy a club in the 23rd rated league in Europe – even though they will get back into the Champions league shortly?
Darren Thwaites is the north-east editor-in-chief of Trinity Mirror, and this is what he told Press Gazette:
“We’re pleased Newcastle United have restored media access for our titles after resolving our differences in recent talks.”
“The club fully respects that our coverage will remain independent. We wish United every success, as we always have, but we’ll also be critical if we feel it’s appropriate.”
It looks like there have been recent talks and they have resulted in the lifting of the ban for the local newspapers – and that’s got to be good news.
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