As many will already be aware, Trinity Mirror has bought the Express, Star and various other newspaper titles from Richard Desmond
Trinity Mirror was already Britain’s largest newspaper empire, with 240 regional papers as well as the Mirror and People, and the Scottish Sunday Mail and Daily Record. According to Simon Fox, the chief executive of Trinity Mirror, who said: “The Mirror is not going to go rightwing and the Express is not going to go leftwing. They will absolutely all have editorial independence”.
I don’t know how independent these editors will be? for instance if one of them started backing the National Front or questioning the Holocaust, I would imagine that they’d be looking for a new job and likewise the Daily Express watering down their support for Brexit could be beneficial to the editor and news staff’s bonus’.
The National Front believes that there should be the widest range of newspapers, television programmes, films, etc. available to the British people. In the case of providing information and educative items, a dominant British input is essential if Britons are to make proper judgments on matters of national interest. Consequently, the National Front deplores the multiple ownership of media businesses, particularly by non-British individuals.
The National Front would act to prevent this, for example, in the case of newspapers, there would be a one-company-one-title rule to prevent the build up of media empires. The same would apply to television and radio stations.
The National Front believes that the current rules about obscenity, violence and bad language are farcical. Television is a medium which brings itself into the family home. Its programmes should conform to the same standards of an invited guest when children are present.
The National Front would strengthen the laws to protect individuals’ privacy. The National Front believes it is perfectly possible to devise rules which in no way inhibit the right and proper role of a newspaper to expose abuses of power or corruption while at the same time affording people, excluding people in the public eye such as the Royal Family, a much higher level of privacy.