Press Gang

Press Gang by Roy Greenslade the cover

The Birmingham Rep is producing Pravda, a play by Howard Brenton and David Hare billed as a comedy in the main house. We have tickets for Friday.

I’ve just finished Press Gang by Roy Greenslade. This brick of a book weighs in at 300, 000 words and chronicles the history of the national press in the UK (mainly England, based in London) from 1945 to the present. It is interesting to plot the developments in mass circulation newspapers, as we are witnessing what looks like a shift in the market away from print. Greenslade’s book has a huge amount of facts and some reflection on the pressures and processes, including the effect of the emerging middle classes on newspaper markets. A joint review will follow when I have had time to chew on the book for a bit.

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