The issue of council spending on local newspaper advertising is about to get far more scrutiny – not least because the local government minister Eric Pickles is putting some focus onto it. At least some of the advertising purchased each year is for statutory notices – i.e. that important public information which the council is obliged to pay newspapers to disseminate such as planning applications and road changes. This has long been an topic that hyperlocal publishers, bloggers and civic activists have taken an interest in and when I reported…

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