Frequency of ‘Town Hall Pravda’ magazine to be cut
Camden asked to consider cheaper option of sharing public through ads in CNJ
17 December, 2018 — By Richard Osley
CAMDEN is to cut the frequency of its costly “Town Hall Pravda” in new money-saving budget plans, but is facing calls to go further and axe the council’s magazine altogether.
The cash-strapped council has repeatedly resisted pressure to make savings on the £100,000-a-year magazine, which is printed 10 times a year and pushed through residents’ doors.
Camden leader Georgia Gould told a cabinet meeting last night (Wednesday) that council communications were “being reviewed” ahead of the next budget.
Green councillor Sian Berry said money could be saved by booking space for information pages in Camden’s newspapers, namechecking the New Journal because it is free to all readers. She said this would help the local press while reaching more residents.
Opposition politicians have criticised the Camden magazine for its cost and content – the number of photos of Labour councillors has been queried in the past.
Tory leader Councillor Oliver Cooper said: “It beggars belief that they kept up for so long the charade that a propaganda newssheet is required in a borough with an unrivalled local press.”
It is understood the review could also look at the Love Camden website which the council pays to run as a guide to the borough despite the large numbers of newspapers, magazines and websites covering the attractions and nightlife in the borough.
It spent £60,000 on revamping the look of the site two years ago.