It’s Good To See Local Media Ban Lifted

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,

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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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5 comments so far

  • Ibizatoon

    Dec 16, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #1

    I still don’t understand why this went on so long or what would be different now for the change of heart.

    Still, a step in the right direction – he says whilst looking over his shoulder for the next incoming crisis….

  • 70TWO

    Dec 16, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #2


    I would love to do a series of ‘scientifically proven’ facts, as I am sure I could get together 20 conclusions with the same analytical research that NUFC spuriously produced.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #3

    I look forward to greater sniveling and grovelling from the local press.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 16, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #4

    optimistic prime

    To consider December a success I would like to see a further 5 points from the last three games. However I have always suspected that the fans will be sold out when it comes to the Cup, especially now there are so many injuries and an inexperienced Goal keeper.

  • optimistic prime

    Dec 16, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #5

    Does it really make any difference?

    It’s good there’s no animosity but in the grand scheme of things it makes no difference, unless the club intends to use the local papers to release some upcoming news of importance.


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