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Friday 21 November 2014

Local paper Bristol Cable and community channel Sheffield Live! TV hope to show that a more open, inclusive media is possible. But can they sustain themselves and their aims?

[The Guardian] A new breed of co-operatives is looking to redefine local media ScaricaAlta definizione

Last week marked the launch of the latest local cooperative paper and online platform - the Bristol Cable. Like a handful of similar start-ups in recent years it’s started with little funding, an unpaid staff and big ambition to ‘redefine local media’. So, what’s motivating the new breed of media co-ops and how are they sustaining themselves and their ambitions?

Alon Aviram, one of the founders of the Bristol Cable, says the decline of local media outlets both in number and quality is a big motivator. “You see it throughout the country, there’s this system problem of local media being in decline with hundreds of local media outlets closing,” he says. “They aren’t really covering the pressing issues of our time and aren’t seen as trustworthy,” he adds.

Inspired by the co-operative movement and the rise of localism that Aviram and co-founder Adam Cantwell-Corn saw working in other sectors, they decided to do something with a similar ethos in the media sector. The team is in the process of registering as a Community Benefit Society and local residents will have places on the board.

Read the full article at this link.