Tuesday, 22 September 2009

The Wrexham Chronicle and plurality of the media

The Wrexham Chronicle only lasted 15 months before Trinity Mirror, owner of the Daily Post and Daily Mirror amongst many other papers, decided to swing the axe.
The freesheet never set the world on fire but was an alternative to the Leader stable in Wrecsam and, as such, added something to our local media.
The reduced presence of the BBC in Wrecsam, coupled with the closure of the town's office by ITV Wales, means that the Daily Post and Leader will now slug it out for news. Despite the best efforts of individual reporters, often working to tight deadlines, the amount of news coverage is reducing and the amount of feature- or opinion-led coverage increasing.
Can the internet fill the gap? Yes in terms of immediacy and sharpness of opinion but all too often not in terms of accuracy, research and factual content.
Whether content can improve to match the widening of people's bandwidth remains to be seen.

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