The Week: Media news - Balls backs local papers

A proposed regulatory change to allow local councils to take away £15 million of advertising revenue from local newspapers has been criticised by the children's secretary, Ed Balls.

The recent Killian Pretty Review recommended the removal of the requirement that local authorities must publish all planning statutory notices in local newspapers. At a Newspaper Conference meeting last week, Balls spoke of his opposition to the move, calling decisions that undermine local newspapers as "a retrograde thing to do".