Cornwall Council scraps costly monthly newspaper

Cornwall Council has scrapped a council-run monthly newspaper after 11 issues and cost of £700,000, the Northcliffe-owned website Thisisdevon reports.

The website for papers including the Western Morning News and the Herald Express reports:

“The newspaper faced criticism and ridicule from the start.

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“In May last year, the Western Morning News reported how the then Cornwall County Council had spent more than £42,000 on the scheme before a single edition appeared.

“Stephen Bough was hired by Cornwall County Council in April 2007 as managing editor on a salary of £40,000 a year. But he quit and left after just over a year, also in May 2008.

“The council budgeted £400,000 a year for a free, colour, tabloid newspaper of up to 24 pages, to be published once a month, with around 250,000 copies printed.

“In July 2008 it was revealed the newspaper had been classified as ‘junk’ by the Royal Mail, which refused to deliver it.”



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