It’s time to protect journalism from big tech

Published in The Times on 15 October 2020 Last week was Journalism Matters Week – a timely reminder that independent, trusted news sources are crucial to a thriving democracy. But we need to make sure that journalists, producers and publishers get properly paid for their work if we don’t want to see more outlets fold […]

Folkestone & Hythe Express: Grant secures railway's future

Article by Sam Williams for the Folkestone & Hythe Express - published 14 October 2020 A lifeline has been given to one of the district's most popular tourist attractions thanks to an almost half a million pound government package. The Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway (RHDR) has been awarded £470,000 after successfully applying to the […]

The Telegraph: Live army shooting exercise halted after migrants crossing Channel run on to firing range

Article by Jamie Johnson for the Telegraph - published 14 October 2020 A Ministry of Defence shooting range was forced to suspend a live firing drill after a group of suspected migrants landed a boat inside a restricted area and ran onto the site. A reservist unit of British soldiers was shooting at Lydd Ranges, […]

The Telegraph: Backlash gathers over Amazon passing on its digital services tax

Article by Hannah Boland for the Telegraph - published 14 October 2020 Britain's digital levy has "failed" in getting the likes of Amazon to pay more into UK coffers, and ministers must "go back to the drawing board", MPs have said. The comments follow a report in the Times that officials had admitted that Amazon […]

Game is in the grip of civil war and it needs outside help

Article published in The Telegraph on 14 October 2020 Football's current crisis has exposed something that we have known for a long time but failed to resolve - the sport is not run by the Football Association but the chairmen of the professional clubs, each acting in the commercial interests of their own team. And […]

Cultural Recovery Fund benefits Folkestone & Hythe

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has this week announced further measures to protect jobs in local businesses legally required by COVID-19 restrictions to close, by introducing a new wage support through the Job Support Scheme. This means that the government will provide a grant for employees unable to work, covering two-thirds of their usual wages and […]

MailOnline: EFL clubs will grasp Liverpool and Manchester United's 'Project Big Picture' like a 'drowning man', warns MP Damian Collins

Article by Charlie Walker for MailOnline - published 13 October 2020 Cash-strapped clubs in the English Football League (EFL) will grasp Manchester United and Liverpool's Project Big Picture proposals like a 'drowning man clutching a lifeline', it's been claimed today. MP Damian Collins warns that the Project Big Picture proposals could delay a bailout for the EFL and […]

talkSPORT: Government should step in and ‘stop civil war breaking out in English football’

Article by Josh Fordham for talkSPORT - published 13 October 2020 The UK Government should step in to stop a ‘civil war’ breaking out in English football, talkSPORT has been told. Damian Collins MP, former chair of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, has called on Downing Street to act now to save […]

The Telegraph: What next for English football as it faces financial catastrophe?

Article by Tom Morgan for the Daily Telegraph - published 9 October 2020 Jamie Vardy's party was still in full swing in May 2016 when one top-six chief executive offered up a niche view of the Premier League's greatest miracle. "It's a disaster for us," was his cynical assessment of Leicester City's title triumph during […]

KentOnline: Folkestone's former Debenhams store gets a new name

Article by Sam Williams for KentOnline - published 9 October 2020 A new name - steeped in history - has been given to a former Debenhams store. A competition was launched in July to find a fitting new moniker for the now empty shop in Folkestone town centre, which has housed department stores for decades - first Bobby's and […]

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