Media

New threat to local BBC politics and current affairs programmes

By Rashleigh MacFarlane BBC local politics and current affairs programmes are again under threat, as the corporation seeks to cut a further £125 million. The award-winning Inside Out series,...

Pirate FM escapes the axe as Bauer gives up on “local” radio elsewhere

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Cornwall’s Pirate FM local radio station has escaped a major consolidation of its parent company, which will cost the jobs of up to 200 presenters in...

Bishop of Truro has “real and serious concern” about Boris Johnson’s defence of Dominic Cummings

By Graham Smith The Bishop of Truro has joined in the chorus of criticism aimed at Boris Johnson’s justification of aide Dominic Cummings’s flouting of the Covid-19 lockdown rules....

Hall for Cornwall will not re-open until “spring 2021 at the earliest”

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The Hall for Cornwall, Truro, will not re-open this year.  The latest target date, of “autumn 2020” has been abandoned and plans for a Christmas show...

Cornwall Council, arriving very late, finally switches on to new technology – but decides not to use it for a few more months

By Richard Whitehouse “Councillor French, are you there?” came the voice of John Pollard, chairman of Cornwall Council’s constitution and governance committee. “We require the vote of the St...

BBC Radio Cornwall sheds 19,000 listeners in 12 months

By Rashleigh MacFarlane BBC Radio Cornwall has seen another dramatic slump in audience figures, falling by 19,000 listeners in 12 months. The most recent quarterly data from the industry’s...

Cornwall Reports seeks business manager

By Graham Smith Cornwall Reports is seeking a business manager to join the company.  This is a new post, initially for a £3,000 contract, to help devise and implement...

Another “new normal” – Truro to get a new mayor, thanks to an internet video link

By Rashleigh MacFarlane The city of Truro is thought to have had a mayor since 1477.  This evening local councillor Bert Biscoe will become the first to be elected...

Cornwall Council finally sets a date for restoring democracy

By Peter Tremayne Cornwall Council is to attempt its first “virtual” meeting next week – with a meeting called to talk about meetings. An extraordinary meeting of the Constitution...

Could Cormac-gate be heading for the libel courts? See Arkell vs Pressdram 1971

By Graham Smith The former Cornwall Council cabinet member who resigned in protest the failure of his colleagues to pursue health and safety issues at Cormac has challenged the...

Stuck at home because of Covid-19 lockdown? We’ll come to you, Falmouth Packet tells readers

By Peter Tremayne The Falmouth Packet newspaper has offered a free home-delivery service to help offset falling revenues during the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis. Like all commercial media, the Packet...

Pick For Britain initiative stuggles to find Cornish farm workers, as Daily Mail cheers “Romanians to the rescue”

By Anne North Cornwall’s fruit and vegetable growers are hoping to attract some of the Romanian pickers who arrived in Britain this week, as the recent warm weather has...

When the revolution comes, it will not be televised in Cornwall – council leaders in no rush to embrace “virtual democracy” as the rest of the country logs on

By Graham Smith Cornwall Council’s political group leader have made little progress in restoring democratic scrutiny to County Hall, with more meetings cancelled and no firm date by which...

Cornwall’s newspapers shed journalists after Covid-19 triggers sharp downturn in advertising revenue

By Anne North The company which publishes most of Cornwall’s local newspapers is to put a fifth of its journalists on unpaid leave and cut the pay of all...

County Hall advances £687,000 support for the arts to help survive the Covid-19 crisis

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall Council is bringing forward £687,000 of planned financial support for Cornwall’s cultural and creative sector to help organisations that have been heavily affected by the...

BBC Radio Cornwall spreads its reach, thanks to Covid-19

By Rashleigh MacFarlane Material made by BBC Radio Cornwall is to be offered free to volunteer-run community broadcasters from today (Monday) to help share information about the Covid-19 crisis....

Covid-19 halts work on the Hall for Cornwall

By Anne North Covid-19 has halted renovation work on the Hall for Cornwall, posing a question mark over whether it will re-open this year. A post on the Hall’s...

On yer bike: Tour of Britain cycle race is still on

By Richard Whitehouse Elite cycling race the Tour of Britain is set to come to Cornwall in September with the Grand Depart first stage going through the Duchy. The...

There’s no football in the park, no football on the telly and now Cornwall’s chance of World Cup glory has also fallen victim to the Covid-19 Coronavirus crisis

By Julia Penhaligon Cornwall’s chance of international footballing glory has gone the same way as many other sporting events - and been postponed, indefinitely, because of the world’s Covid-19...

No school on Monday? Keep Calm, Carry On – Malory Towers is coming to the rescue

By Anne North We might not yet have reached the stage of child-evacuees put on trains at Paddington by anxious parents hoping their offspring can escape Covid-19.  But the...