Hold the front page!

1 Jul
The end of the world is nigh

Newspapers want help

How ironic it is that the boss of a British newspaper that frequently spreads xenophobic myths about Europe is begging Brussels for help.

Yes, the Daily Mail, whose Sunday sister title broke the made-up story that the EU is going to ban selling eggs by the dozen, wants European Commission President José Manuel Barroso to urgently address the print media’s problems of declining profits.

Representatives of the Daily Mail and other papers across Europe told Barroso that the EU needs to open up the advertising market and take action against news aggregator websites so newspapers can charge people to read content more easily – something which the pressmen said the EU should help promote.

(Incidentally, you might like to know that the Daily Mail and General Trust, which owns the paper, made operating profits in the six months to April this year of £144m (about €175m.))

Newspapers such as the Daily Mail have spent buckets of newsprint year after year vilifying representatives of some industries, such as farmers and fishermen, for relying too heavily on EU subsidies.

It’s a bit rich that they want the EU to help out now.

And from Barroso’s stilted response it doesn’t sound like the European Commission is going to go out of its way to offer assistance.

And neither should it.

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4 Responses to “Hold the front page!”

  1. Eurocentric July 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    Is this connected to the moves of other newspapers for help in the market, or is a completely separate move for favourable regulation of the internet?

    • Johnny Erasmus July 1, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

      Yes sir, it’s all connected to the general campaign but there is a real push on at the moment to tighten the rules on the internet relating to copyright and these news aggregator sites. All the newspaper groups are watching whether The Times’s paywall is a success and, if it is, you can be sure the others will follow. But it will only work, of course, if they can protect their content.

  2. Crossland July 14, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    I don’t think it’s unusual for the Daily Mail to have such marked double standards – see their ‘coffee causes cancer/coffee cures cancer’ stories they run on alternate weeks. Oh, and apparently they no longer support the Nazi party either.

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