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Star and Telegraph woes

A few days ago the media was buzzing with news that staff at Sheffield’s two main newspapers, the Star and the Telegraph, had voted to strike.

The proposed industrial action is about new computer systems that parent company Johnson Press wants and the company’s decision to relocate staff in Sunderland to Sheffield must be causing tensions too.

There are often rumours about a “management buyout” on these local titles but those have so far come to nought. News that newspapers are struggling badly right across the world probably means such an option, if at all possible, will be on the back-burner anyway. The two newspapers, in one form or another, have provided local news coverage for over 155 years and signals of strife within their ranks are not welcome.

North West Sheffield News Online hopes the Star and Telegraph newspapers do survive and thrive. We never lift stories from either publication to recycle as our own, and so in no way are we “competition” for either title (not least as we don’t have the resources required). Indeed, the purpose of our site is mainly to gather and report news not readily covered elsewhere in mainstream media.

But it is true that we hear complaints that the online versions of both the Star and the Telegraph are not updated as efficiently as once they were and that news content generally seems to be suffering. For this reason, it may be that NWS News Online will stop highlighting their story headlines in our side-bar. Here’s hoping that won’t be necessary.

May 6th General Election and NWS News

PM Gordon Brown finally announced what those of us with at least a few brain cells knew already: The General Election takes place May 6th … And North West Sheffield News has already started interviewing the candidates.

The announcement came today and here is a BBC News report.

How did we know the date before it was announced? Well, given the local elections were set for May 6th … and the disruption they usually cause to schools, libraries, etc, … and knowing that people can hardly be bothered to get out and vote once in four or five years, let alone twice in the space of a month (had the General Election been called for either April or June – the only other months realistically available).

Readers will be no doubt be bombarded with standard political reporting and spin from elsewhere over the next month, and so North West Sheffield News will continue to gather participants for our “Who We Are” series and chase respondents to our “Quizzing the Politicians” initiative as part of our – hopefully refreshing – contribution. But suggestions and contributions would of course be welcome!!!

Here is what North West Sheffield News has produced so far in the run up to #GE2010. Continue reading

Sheffield Homes to aid digital switchover

Some tenants and leaseholders using communal TV aerials are about to get help with Sheffield’s 2011 switch to digital broadcasting.

Sheffield Homes is writing to council tenants and leaseholders to tell them about important upgrade work in preparation for the digital switchover. It’s really important that people allow access to their homes, otherwise they could find that they can’t watch television.

The programme is being managed by Wates, and work will be carried out by TVSAS in around 10,000 homes over the next few months in readiness for next year’s switchover. They will need to fit a new television socket inside homes, which should take under an hour to complete. Wates will contact tenants and leaseholders when they are in the area, and everyone affected will get an appointment letter.

The work will only affect council tenants and leaseholders who receive television through a communal aerial. Those who have their own aerial are responsible for making sure that it is ready for switchover. All customers will need to make sure they have television equipment that can receive a digital signal.

For a leaflet and more information about the work and when it is due in your area, please visit www.sheffieldhomes.org.uk, call 293 0000 (North Sheffield) or 205 3333 (South Sheffield), call into one of Sheffield Homes offices or First Points, or email enquiries@sheffieldhomes.org.uk.  Anyone who has already received information about the work and has a question about an appointment, please call Wates on 08456 035787.

For impartial, independent information about the switchover and what needs done, contact Digital UK on 08456 50 50 50 or visit www.digitaluk.co.uk.

Fed up of nuisance calls?

According to recent research for Ofcom, 47% of adults felt ‘very inconvenienced’ by silent calls and 32% were ‘very concerned’. Ofcom received over 6,500 complaints about this thorny issue in 2009.

The government announced today that firms causing nuisance and distress to consumers through silent and abandoned calls will face a new maximum fine of £2 million.

To complain about nuisance callers or to find out more, visit the Ofcom website here.The new penalty is an increase on the current limit of £50,000, and will be introduced to deter organisations that persistently make silent calls to consumers.

Silent calls are generated by call centres that use automated calling systems (ACS). In some cases the system dials more numbers than there are staff available to speak to the person who picks up the phone, resulting in a silent call.

The new higher penalty will provide the telecoms regulator Ofcom with a greater ability to deter and punish companies that ignore the guidelines in this area. In addition, Ofcom will review its ACS misuse guidelines to provide clearer advice to operators, benefiting both business and consumers.

The new penalty will be amended as soon as possible in the Communications Act 2003 by statutory instrument.

To complain about nuisance callers or to find out more, visit the Ofcom website here.

Our Cow Molly whips up media storm in liberal scoops!

Paul Scriven, Nick Clegg and David Baker visited Our Cow Molly last Friday (19th March) to show their support for the successful Dungworth farm and its increasingly famous and respected ice cream.

Mainstream media followed close behind as ITV and Channel 4 film crews turned up as the politicians turned their hand to making. Great exposure for a real local success story!

Nick Clegg MP, Cllrs David Baker and Paul Scriven visit Our Cow Molly

Nick Clegg MP awaits his churn ...

Local business gets nice media exposure

It’s rare, if ever, that NW Sheffield News lifts items from the Sheffield Telegraph or Star.

However, the Sheffield Telegraph this week covered a story about a shop in Hillsborough that is in its centenary year.

“Corner News” is on the corner of Middlewood Road and Dykes Hall Road and a customer’s research found that the property had been used as a newsagent’s shop since 1910 (it had been a butcher’s previously).

Top story! And congratulations to Corner News!!!

Hyperlocal news

The widely respected Sheffield Blog gave North West Sheffield News a lovely mini-review* today.

Hyperlocal news sites – like Sheffield Blog, NWS News, Lichfield Blog, Saddleworth News and many others – highlight issues affecting pretty localised geographical areas. And new examples are springing up with increasing frequency.

The diversity of ideas and information on offer in every community encourages small local blogs to seek a more personal degree of contact than that enjoyed by traditional media (e.g., newspapers). Everyday life experiences provides veins of interest that are richer than any amount of force-fed celebrity tattle.

Indeed, it is being part of “community” that is crucial to hyperlocal “success” – something that even politicians and local authorities are aware of these days.

So don’t hesitate to leave comments or story suggestions now and again on any blog you may happen to read. After all, connecting with each other is what it’s all about.

*Thanks Sheffield Blog. 😎