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Pillorying the Post

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.

Contact: eveningpostwatch@gmail.com

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 ;)

Bristol blog trotting

Bristle\'s Blog plugged in Venue

From p24 of the latest copy of Bristol/Bath what’s-on mag Venue.

Crikey, now that was unexpected. Slightly peculiar description, though. I mean, “old 1980s TV dramas”? What, as opposed to new 1980s TV dramas? And what’s with the Northern Ireland thing? I’ve mentioned old Slab a couple of times, and am interested in Paul Quinn’s murder, but that’s pretty much the size of it, and besides, both of those topics are more related to 26 than 6.

As for the “fixation with people vomiting in the movies”, I’d just like to clarify that it’s less a fixation, more a passing interest, and one which is not confined to puke; it’s simply that I’ve observed an approximate 8:2:1 ratio in favour of sick over piss and shit in terms of screentime. Maybe I’m just not watching the right flicks. More Fassbinder beckons?

Still, a plug’s a plug. Totally.

Tip o’ the titfer: The Bristol Blogger, who himself gets a write-up too, though one which veers into the territory of backhanded compliments – “he’s anonymous and therefore unaccountable…”; “isn’t above editing entries to stop himself looking foolish…”; “leching over French actresses”.

Since I’ve got time on my hands, I’d point out that in the first instance not posting up your full name, passport photo, bank details, phone number and map reference of your home isn’t really anonymity, it’s simply common sense (and besides, the identity of TBB is really not that much of a mystery). Furthermore, anonymity and accountability are not mutually exclusive, just as not being anonymous does not automatically make one accountable.

In the second instance, since when was editing a crime? Now that Venue is locked down in the Grey Lubyanka, presumably its hacks have access to the DM&GT/NN databases with its myriad libel lawyer annotations, so I’m sure the value of discreet rewording is most apparent ;)

And in the third instance, I can only recall a single French actress being mentioned, and besides, according to the nearest dictionary to hand, lechery is the “unrestrained indulgence of lust”. If you really think TBB is by that definition a lechy blog, then I think we may have to revoke your interweb pass for your own safety.

Blogs mentioned in the article:

PS One of the authors of the article, Eugene Byrne, has his own blog also.