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The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 3Competition and Disruption, 1900-2017$
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Martin Conboy and Adrian Bingham

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474424929

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474424929.001.0001

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The Provincial Press

The Provincial Press

(p.643) Chapter Thirty-Three The Provincial Press
The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 3

Rachel Matthews

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores the impact of the dominance of the corporate-owned local newspaper in the United Kingdom during the ‘long’ twentieth century (around 1880 to 2008). It draws on newspaper business records relating to the Western Mail and Echo and the Norfolk News Company to demonstrate the process by which profitability displaced notions of public service in conglomerate newspaper enterprises and the consequences of this for editorial structures and output.   In doing so, it argues that it is this structure which presaged the financial predicament experienced by the post-digital, post-banking crisis, and now post-Covid, local newspaper business, and suggests that hope for the future of this media form can be found outside of this dominant pattern of ownership

Keywords:   Local newspaper, Corporate ownership, Western Daily Mail, Eastern Daily Press, Provincial press

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