The prospect of the challenges facing local media being the subject of a six-minute feature on Radio 4’s PM programme is something which should be celebrated.
A chance for a sensible analysis of an industry facing huge upheaval, but still fighting to provide a useful public service to an audience which remains to be convinced it needs that service at all, by an organisation which prides itself on accuracy and impartiality.
So what on earth went wrong with Alice Hutton’s report on the PM programme about the regional press this week, and the follow-up article online which was not only one-sided, but horrendously inaccurate too?
The choice of journalist for this piece was perhaps a surprise, from an organisation which has reportedly banned journalists who express an opinion on equal pay within the BBC from reporting on equal pay at the BBC. Hutton has made it clear in the past her view of those running the regional press: