Journalist Alex Massie has revealed his anger with Glasgow Rangers’ new policy to charge reporters up to £25,000 a year to cover the club.
The Lowdown: Gers share new policy
The Gers have taken a decision to stop the mainstream media from having unbridled access to the club as they aim to cover the Gers.
The 55-time Scottish champions are set to charge up to £25,000 a year to cover the Gers, a fee which would also grant reporters access to a number of exclusive interviews (The Daily Mail).
The Latest: Massie angry
Massie, a journalist for The Times, has shared his anger with this new policy. He took to Twitter to say:
“Astonishing, yet also unsurprising: Rangers want to charge newspapers £25,000 a year for the privilege of sending a reporter to Ibrox to report on games. You get a handful of player interviews too, plus one chat with the manager. Absurd.”
The Verdict: Certainly questionable
The Gers have certainly taken an unprecedented move. To charge journalists fees to cover the club shows a certain sense of fear, or at least annoyance, at how they may be covered. Of course, they do have a reason for that to a certain extent – Club 1872 even lodged an IPSO complaint after an article from The Daily Record, and fans have been frustrated regularly by the manner in which the mainstream media in Scotland report on the club.
Should Rangers charge reporters?
It remains to be seen whether the Gers decide to remove their policy as the season progresses, but for now it will be difficult for journalists to cover Rangers as they previously have. Perhaps the Ibrox outfit are the first club amongst plenty to take the matter of coverage into their own hands, and we will see others follow suit in the near future.
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