Culture minister Oliver Dowden urges you to support the news-stands and pick up The Star

While everyone’s lives have been turned upside down since the breakout of Covid-19 in the UK, culture minister Oliver Dowden, is asking you to remember to support your local newspaper.

Saturday, 18th April 2020, 9:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 2:35 pm

Newspapers, including The Star, have seen advert bookings hit during the lockdown.

And, Mr Dowden has also pointed out that some publishers are on the brink of collapse as he urges the public to add “one small thing” to their to do list and buy a paper.

“Newspapers are at heart of the British media and essential to its vibrant mix,” Mr Dowden wrote in an article on the Times website.

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Culture minister Oliver Dowden, is asking you to remember to support your local newspaper.

“People across the country are rising to the coronavirus challenge and I suggest we all add one small thing to our to-do list: buy a paper.

“National, regional and local newspapers are under huge financial pressure, largely because of plummeting commercial advertising on their printed pages and websites.

“As the country fights our greatest national emergency since the Second World War the Press is grappling with arguably the biggest existential crisis in its history.”

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