Introducing Evening Post Watch – the blog all Bristol asked for!
As the explanatory blurb goes:
The Bristol Evening Post is the main daily newspaper for Bristol and the surrounding urban area. It has a daily paid-for circulation of 50,000.
The Post is owned by Northcliffe Media, which is in turn owned by DMGT owners of the hated racist right-wing Daily Mail. There are three other newspapers published in Bristol.
The Western Daily Press covers the wider South West with a focus on rural areas.
The Bristol Observer is a free weekly which has been whittled away to little more than an advertising sheet.
The Metro is the free daily which litters the streets of Bristol every morning. These papers are also owned by Northcliffe and DMGT.
We have a local listings/entertainment/news magazine of the Time Out type called Venue which was recently taken over* by Northcliffe.
Very few of the independent or alternative publications which have been launched here over the years have survived or reached a wide readership.
Bristol, like most cities today has a media dominated by corporations. The Post influences and shapes local opinion and debate and intervenes in political issues yet it answers only to the money-men.
The Post is an odd mixture of reactionary bile, pettiness, banality and the plain odd. It is, like most regional papers, mostly staffed by decent journos who are overworked, under-resourced and underpaid.
This blog is a modest attempt by ordinary Bristolians to take a critical look at some of the output of Bristol’s corporate monopoly press.
Tis a near-Sisyphean task, so good luck to EPW in its attempts to tame the beast.
PS My favourite EP poster from my days selling newspapers is up on the front page too: “CLFTON CAT’S PLUNGE DRAMA – PICTURES” 8)
* Not really that recently ;)