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City Council in Oslo will provide press support to Oslo newspapers

City council proposed support for Oslo newspapers in their 2019 budget. This budget will be presented next week and an amount of NOK 3 million has been set for a new local press support scheme
This proposal will be a three-year trial scheme with possible extension if the support proves to be success.
“There is little doubt that there are too few editorial media that cover the city locally, and that there are too many news stories that go under the radar,” says cultural council Rina Mariann Hansen (Ap).

 The reason for introducing support is a desire for stability and long-term status for local media in the capital. The idea is that it will contribute to wider selection of votes in the public, which is positive for democratic reasons.

There are several unresolved questions about the support scheme, such as who will administer it and exactly what criteria applicants must fulfill, other than that they must be editor-driven and follow the Be Careful poster.

Current newspapers for the scheme can be Akersposten, Nordre Aker Budstikke, Sagene Avis, Akers Avis Groruddalen, Nordstrands Blad and the newly established online newspaper VårtOslo. It will also be possible for nationwide newspapers with a clear Oslo profile to apply so that, for example, Dagsavisen and Aftenposten can get support.

Free Word Director Knut Olav Åmås seems on a general basis that sounds like a very good measure.

– Assuming that the criteria are unpolitical, independent and neutral, and that politicians grant and so keep a long distance to the specific decisions, “says Knut Olav Åmås.

(© NTB)

PHOTO: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix

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