Fairclough Likely to be Hoping for Fair-sized Audience

The recently-appointed head of the Scottish Newspaper Publishers Association speaks today at what is supposed to be one of the biggest gatherings of newspaper senior editorial and IT managers.

But indications yesterday were that the biennial Newstec – taking place in Brighton – was struggling to attract many of the ‘movers and shakers’ who had previously visited the event. Indeed, at one point yesterday, there were more people manning the exhibition stands than actually visiting them.

Simon Fairclough’s presentation is titled, ‘Keeping Politics Out of Public Information Campaigning – A Scottish Weekly Press Case Study’.

‘A Year of Change at The Telegraph’ may also attract attention. A panel discussion, this afternoon, on ‘The Future of News Delivery’ also features Fairclough – who is also the head of the Scottish Print Employers Federation – and Tim Bowdler, chief executive of The Scotsman owners, Johnston Press.

Six years ago, the event lasted four days, had halls full of equipment and demonstrations and featured a grand gala dinner. Four years ago, it was still a reasonable-sized exhibition and conference, although the conference seminars, at