Newcastle United In Talks With Chronicle To Lift Mike Ashley Newspaper Ban
The Chronicle have been in talks with Newcastle United to try and lift the ban on the Trinity Mirror titles in the north east.
Mike Ashley banned the Sunday Sun, Journal and Evening Chronicle after the newspapers had the audacity to publish coverage of a fans’ protest march against the Newcastle United owner.
The ban has led to some embarrassing moments where post-match press conferences at away grounds have been interrupted by NUFC’s head of media Wendy Taylor, stopping Alan Pardew answering Trinity Mirror journalists’ questions.
The new editor of football for the north east Trinity Mirror titles, Mal Robinson, has revealed that talks have now taken place between Trinity Mirror and the football club in an attempt to lift the ban.
The ban came into immediate effect last October and saw Trinity Mirror journalists banned from pre and post-match press conferences hosted by Newcastle United, as well as a removal of access to facilities on a match day.
Mal Robinson has told leading media website The Drum;
“We have had dialogue wuth the club, and don’t get me wrong we want to get on board with the club, because obviously the local community is on board with it.
“It is not vital that we get them (NUFC) on board but it is always handy to have a partnership with the football club. The dialogue is ongoing at the moment, it is a work in progress.
“As has been proved over the course of a year, it is not crucial that we have access to the club. We have created content away from the club, spoken to former legends instead of current players, we’ve proved we can do it.
“Obviously it helps if the club is on board and we are seen to be working together for the community.
“With not having access to the clubs, even buying match tickets on a match day has been a problem.
“It has been difficult but the lads have embraced it.
“I would certainly point the finger towards the talks progressing after the transfer window.
“Fingers crossed we can get the professional relationship back up as it was before.
“We are going to retain our independent voice whether we are back on board or not.”
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