Next-level cluelessness: Newcastle United wants media to pay for interview access to its players pic.twitter.com/PuyIQymOZk
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) December 11, 2013
Newcastle United are facing a press backlash after the Magpies announced that the media will have to pay for interviews with their players from here on in.
The Newcastle Chronicle have published an article on Wednesday reporting that letters from Newcastle United have been sent to national newspaper editors as a new paid-for access package is proposed by the club.
Journalist Mark Douglas wrote the scoop for the Chronicle:
A mooted plan to try to make papers pay for “exclusive” access – rumoured for a while now – has become reality with the offer of a series of packages offering interviews for a fee.
The club, presumably, see it as the first shot in a revolution in the way the Premier League interacts with the print media, but others are looking on with a mixture of surprise and disdain.
Little, though, should surprise us at St James’ Park these days. While the club are performing superbly on the pitch, they are continuing to cause ripples off it.
They have told reporters from national titles who are working in the North East that they will no longer be given access to their players between matches this season and will instead give those “privileges” to organisations that pay them.
This has never happened before. They are the first Premier League football club to try to do this and it will be interesting to see what kind of reaction it garners.
The news has quickly spread, and unsurprisingly the Magpies have found themselves getting bashed from all quarters.
Some reaction to the news that Newcastle want the press to pay for player interviews are below.
The press should ask #newcastle to pay for coverage. If they won't, leave them out of the league table, fixture lists, match reports etc!
— Henry Carden (@henrycarden) December 11, 2013
All the papers have to do is refuse Newcastle column inches. No match reports, no press conferences, no transfer rumours.
— Callum Kane (@CallumKane__) December 11, 2013
— James Montague (@JamesPiotr) December 11, 2013
This Newcastle thing is a good excuse for football writers to bin interviews and press conferences, and just write about football.
— Daniel Harris (@DanielHarris) December 11, 2013
Quite a few seem to be of the view that anything which restricts the press is a good thing. Idiocy annoys me, so I'll leave it there.
— Rory Smith (@RorySmithTimes) December 11, 2013