Newspapers banned from NUFC

Journalists the Newcastle Journal, Evening Chronicle and Sunday Sun have been banned indefinitely from all media events at Newcastle United. The club is unhappy with the way the newspapers covered a demonstration against its owner Mike Ashley.

Premier League boss asked to intervene in NUFC media ban

The chief executive of the Premier League, Richard Scudamore, has been urged to act as a mediator between Newcastle United and three local newspapers, who have been banned from all the club's media events.

Richard Scudamore
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore has not entered the row between local newspapers and Newcastle United Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

Journalists from the Journal, Chronicle and Sunday Sun were told they were not welcome at press conferences at St James' Park. Manager Alan Pardew was even stopped from answering their questions after the weekend's derby away at Sunderland. The club is unhappy with what it feels is unfair coverage.

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Anger as Journalists banned from Newcastle United: Full Report

by Kenny Toal

Politicians and Unions are urging Newcastle United to think again about its decision to ban journalists from three regional newspapers from future media events at St James' Park.

Today Alan Pardew stood by the decision saying that it was up to the editors of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, the Journal and the Sunday Sun to respond.


Twitter reacts to NUFC banning NCJ journalists


Seriously, what a region we live in. Proud & humbled by reaction to Ashley's bully boy tactics with local media. If only he understood, eh?


Often amazed by #nufc management actions but banning @eveningchron from SJP for coverage anti-Ashley march is... tweets fails me! #wronga


Hope nufc see sense soon and lift ban on @lee_ryder The chronicle has been around a little longer than mike ashley up there.


The Chronicle hits back after NUFC ban

The Chronicle has hit back after its journalists were banned from media events at Newcastle United. The paper's front page headline says it is "Banned but not Gagged" and it highlights a number of front pages that show where it has challenged the way the club is run.

"It is quite frankly staggering that you devoted 15 full pages, including two front page splashes, a back page, three double-page spreads and a remarkable six full pages in one (September 7) in The Chronicle to a protest march which ultimately was attended by approximately 300 supporters. Even if the 1,000 supporters expected by the organisers had marched your coverage would have been disproportionate."

– Newcastle United press officer, Wendy Taylor

NCJ journalists banned from NUFC press events

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will hold his first press conference today after the Wear Tyne Derby.

But among those who won't be in attendance will be journalists from the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun.

They have been banned indefinitely from all media events at the club for the way they covered a fans demonstration against the club's owner Mike Ashley.

A letter from Newcastle United press officer Wendy Taylor, which was published in yesterday's Evening Chronicle says that the volume of coverage far outweighed the scale of the event.