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Carson backs local papers

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson is backing plans to give local newspapers the same financial backing that has been offered to other industries during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP is set to vote for an amendment to Coronavirus Legislation this afternoon which has been brought forward by his colleague Murdo Fraser MSP. The amendment seeks to gain support from the SNP Government and other opposition parties to ensure that the local newspaper industry survives the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr Carson highlighted that local newspapers have lost 75 per cent of their advertising revenue and 25 per cent of circulation cash and the support offered so far does not go far enough. He says that especially in rural communities, local newspapers are a vital source of information and should be fully backed to continue during the crisis and after. Commenting Finlay Carson MSP said: “Local newspapers are at the heart of communities across my constituency and I am keen to see them being supported through this unprecedented crisis. “They have rightly been recognised as a key industry but require greater support from the SNP Government. “I am proud to be backing this amendment which would give the industry the same level of support that has been given to other vital industries like our leisure, retail and hospitality sector. “Our local press are valued as a trusted news source and need our support more than ever. “I hope this amendment will be passed and give proper support to struggling local newspapers.”

<< back Published: 20 May 2020, 15:30

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