Watch: #SluggerTV episode 36 – the one about the RHI report, a beneficent Chancellor, draconian legislation and the NI Executive’s reaction to COVID-19

March’s episode of Slugger TV was broadcast as part of Imagine! Belfast’s virtual festival and is currently showing on community TV channel NvTv. Here’s the video for any of you who missed my conversation with journalist Allison Morris and festival director Pete O’Neill. We discussed the publication of the Renewable Heat Incentive inquiry report [Ed – anyone remember that?], the Chancellor’s beneficent schemes to businesses impacted by COVID-19, the somewhat draconian measures being rapidly legislated into law, and how the …

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How does our press emerge from lockdown? Part one: Local Weekly Newspapers

In the past few weeks, we’ve heard a lot from the concerned voices representing various of our local industry sectors, all of them understandably concerned about how Covid-19 will impact their sector and how they will emerge from it. All legitimate concerns that we should share. But as yet we’ve heard little from the sector, I believe could be the biggest casualty of all, and one we would never be able to replace – the local newspaper industry. News outlets …

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The Irish News should buy the News Letter…

I have been thinking about the death spiral of newspapers. If the internet was not bad enough, along comes Covid-19 to wipe out sales and advertising revenue. In particular, I have been contemplating the fate of the News Letter. As you may know, it is the oldest English language daily newspaper still in publication, having first been printed in 1737. Now whatever you think of its politics or the opinions of some of its writers, you would have to agree …

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