So the 2010 Regional Press Awards has been scrapped.
And reading between the lines it’s because media groups don’t want to spend any of their precious cash on recognising their journalists.
The Wilmington Group, which maintained the rights to the awards after it sold Press Gazette, said they had been ditched after it held talks with key members of the regional newspaper industry.
Event director Doug Marshall said newspaper publishers “felt in the current climate they were unable to commit to entering the awards.”
In other words ‘we’re not spending money celebrating our staff while our bottom line is falling.’
The Blog has to ask how much would it really cost to put together entries for those staff who have gone the extra mile?
OK, so times are hard, but companies are still making profits, even if greatly reduced.
Archant announced £15m operating profits yesterday, while Trinity Mirror’s latest figures showed a £35m profit and even cash strapped Johnston Press must have some money available after its new ATEX system allowed it to hack away at the subbing department.
Is it really too much to ask for some spare change to pay for reporters to enter an awards event.
Or would that mean one less biscuit for the shareholders?
State of Play: Unloved and uncared for