Freedom of the Press?! Newcastle United’s new media plan is to get the press to pay for player interviews

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.