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Ashley Now Bans Sports Direct Questions By Journalists

7 years ago

Mike Ashley’s Newcastle United press ban on certain journalists has produced much coverage, now it is revealed he is also turning the screw on journalists where Sports Direct questions are concerned.

This week Ashley’s retail empire announced big rises in turnover and profit but journalists were pre-warned that they could only ask certain questions of the SD management.

The S***** D***** PR people told journalists the management would be more than happy to talk about the bonuses paid to around 2000 managers.

However, journalists then asked; if employees are so important why do the vast majority not have proper contracts and have no guaranteed work or sickness/holiday benefits thanks to zero hour contracts?

There was stunned silence from SD Chief Executive Dave Forsey because the journalists had still asked awkward questions. The stressed PR people instantly stopped the interview and refused to take any more questions.

Nice to see that it is not only at Newcastle United where Mike Ashley is trying to control the press and avoid awkward questions, the Chronicle and other NCJ titles continue to be banned and NUST have been banned from the next Fans Forum which is due to take place on Monday after asking questions the club didn’t want to answer.

At the moment, Ashley hasn’t announced whether he is going to launch Bronze, Silver and Gold paid for press ‘exclusive access’ to SD employees.


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