The local newspaper industry successfully lobbied against BBC local television. They quite enjoy their near-monopoly on local media - even if it is a declining one.
To anybody remotely IT literate ( in other words smart phone or tablet/PC users) local newspapers ( and their websites) are irrelevant shadows of their former selves. 10-15 years ago packed with local ads. Our
local paper had pages and pages of houses and cars for sale, in fact the advertising was the primary many reason people bought the paper
Rather like local radio now, today local papers all seem to be owned by a handful of companies, and are all identikit publications with nothing much of value in terms of articles or advertising, and the websites have silly click bait gimmicks.
Most people now use social media and t’internet to gather local information. I remember last winter’s snow, the town’s local radio station said it couldn’t broadcast very much local information because their internet connection was down. Says it all really !
Local papers are all but dead now, local broadcasting may not be far behind
lhx1985 and Closedown gave kudos