Letter - Copyright charges hit regional papers

I can add to the 'barrage of criticism' of the Newspaper Licensing Agency (News, 5 October). My copyright charges for national and regional newspaper stories trebled this year, to nearly 19 per cent of my total cuttings spend. However, without months of arguing, the charges would have equalled what I pay to get the cuttings in the first place.

These trebled charges and limited budgets must result in cuts. The only solution was to tell Durrants to stop cutting regional newspaper stories.

Regional newspapers sometimes see themselves as disadvantaged in relation to government media activity. It would be odd if their influence was marginalised by the drive to generate copyright fees. Do newspaper groups know what is being done in their name?

Ian Scott, chief press officer, Office for National Statistics Send your letters (200 words maximum) to prweekletters@haymarket.com.

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