NEWS: Langham slams NLA for its ‘strain on public funds’

Hackney Council’s assistant chief executive Lorraine Langham claimed the Newspaper Licensing Association was placing ‘an enormous strain on public funds’, during a heated IPR debate on newspaper copying charges.

Hackney Council’s assistant chief executive Lorraine Langham claimed the

Newspaper Licensing Association was placing ‘an enormous strain on

public funds’, during a heated IPR debate on newspaper copying charges.



‘Every penny spent on the NLA is a penny not spent on public services:

not just by local government, but also by the ambulance, fire, police

and health services,’ she said. ‘Newspapers need PR officers. The NLA

should be careful it doesn’t kill the golden goose.’



But Andrew Hughes, former chief executive of the Newspaper Licensing

Association, which imposes the charges, dismissed the IPR debate as a

‘pantomime’. ‘I was disappointed at the tenor of the event which was

marked by booing, hissing and cat-calling,’ he said.



Hughes said the heated reception at last week’s Spotlight on Skills

debate - which was also attended by public sector figures like Sussex

Police chief constable Paul Whitehouse and Peter Smith, head of PR at

the Association of Metropolitan Authorities - contrasted sharply with

the reaction of the private sector.



He told the 80-strong audience the Association wanted to draw attention

to the legitimate rights of publishers and to deal with the issue in a

professional way, and that licensing systems already operated in the US

and Europe.



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