Dear Oxfordshire County Council,

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act, I wish to receive the following information from your authority:

1. The name, frequency and distribution/circulation of your council newspaper (by council newspaper I mean the most frequently published newspaper or magazine intended for mass distribution covering more than one topic)

2. How much it cost to produce and distribute said newspaper in the last full financial year, and how much was budgeted from council resources in the financial year 2009/2010

3. How much of that cost is offset by advertising

4. How much of that advertising, if any, comes from external sources (ie not from your authority's budgets)?

5. Which other public sector partners pay to run advertising in your newspaper, eg PCTs?

6. Whether recruitment advertising forms part of the advertising in your newspaper?

7. A copy of an editorial policy guide, if one exists, which governs the material which is placed in the newspaper, and how it is decided

8. A copy of an advertising policy guide, if one exists, which governs what sort of advertising is suitable.

9. The number of people employed to put your newspaper/newsletter together, including total cost and staff organisation chart

Some parts of this request may be easier to answer than others, and should this prove to be the case I would ask that you release available data as soon as possible rather than hold up the entire request.

I would prefer to receive this information electronically. If the decision is made to withhold some of this data using exemptions in Act, please inform me of that fact and cite the exemptions used.

If you need any clarification then please contact me at the email. Under your section 16 duty to provide advice and assistance I would expect you to contact me if you find this request unmanageable in any way.

I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Yours faithfully,

L Barnett

Skeet, Rachel - Corporate Core - Democratic Services, Oxfordshire County Council

Our reference: 1780 FOI
 
Dear L. Barnett,
 
Thank you for your request of 3 January 2010 in which you asked for the
following information:

1. The name, frequency and distribution/circulation of your council
newspaper (by council newspaper I mean the most frequently
published newspaper or magazine intended for mass distribution
covering more than one topic)

2. How much it cost to produce and distribute said newspaper in the
last full financial year, and how much was budgeted from council
resources in the financial year 2009/2010

3. How much of that cost is offset by advertising

4. How much of that advertising, if any, comes from external
sources (ie not from your authority's budgets)?

5. Which other public sector partners pay to run advertising in
your newspaper, eg PCTs?

6. Whether recruitment advertising forms part of the advertising in
your newspaper?

7. A copy of an editorial policy guide, if one exists, which
governs the material which is placed in the newspaper, and how it
is decided

8. A copy of an advertising policy guide, if one exists, which
governs what sort of advertising is suitable.

9. The number of people employed to put your newspaper/newsletter
together, including total cost and staff organisation chart

Your request is being considered and Oxfordshire County Council will
respond as soon as possible within the next 20 working days in compliance
with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. This means that the council
will send a response to you by 29 January.

 
There may be a fee payable for this information. You will be informed if
this is the case and you can decide if you wish to proceed with your
request.

 
If appropriate, the information requested can be made available in
alternative formats, including other languages, Braille, large print, and
audiocassette. If you require any of these formats then please let me
know.

 
Please contact me if you have any have further enquiries about your
request. I would be grateful if you could quote the reference number
given at the top of this email.

 
Yours sincerely,

Rachel Skeet
Complaints and FOI Officer

Oxfordshire County Council
Legal and Democratic Services
Complaints and Freedom of Information Team
County Hall
New Road
Oxford OX1 1ND

Tel: 01865 815889
Fax: 01865 783195
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Skeet, Rachel - Corporate Core - Democratic Services, Oxfordshire County Council

Our reference: 1780 FOI

Dear L. Barnett,
 
Thank you for your request of 3 January 2010 in which you asked for the
following information:

1. The name, frequency and distribution/circulation of your council
newspaper (by council newspaper I mean the most frequently
published newspaper or magazine intended for mass distribution
covering more than one topic)

2. How much it cost to produce and distribute said newspaper in the
last full financial year, and how much was budgeted from council
resources in the financial year 2009/2010

3. How much of that cost is offset by advertising

4. How much of that advertising, if any, comes from external
sources (ie not from your authority's budgets)?

5. Which other public sector partners pay to run advertising in
your newspaper, eg PCTs?

6. Whether recruitment advertising forms part of the advertising in
your newspaper?

7. A copy of an editorial policy guide, if one exists, which
governs the material which is placed in the newspaper, and how it
is decided

8. A copy of an advertising policy guide, if one exists, which
governs what sort of advertising is suitable.

9. The number of people employed to put your newspaper/newsletter
together, including total cost and staff organisation chart

Taking each of your questions in turn:

1. The name, frequency and distribution/circulation of your council
newspaper (by council newspaper I mean the most frequently published
newspaper or magazine intended for mass distribution covering more than
one topic)

Name: OXONNEWS magazine
Frequency: published three times a year
Distribution/circulation: to every household in Oxfordshire (285,000) with
a small number of extra copies available at key public buildings and
retail outlets.

2. How much it cost to produce and distribute said newspaper in the last
full financial year, and how much was budgeted from council resources in
the financial year 2009/2010

The 2009/10 actual spend was £163,157.

The 2009/10 budget forecast was £180,000.

3. How much of that cost is offset by advertising

Approximately £6,000 of the cost was offset by advertising.

4. How much of that advertising, if any, comes from external sources (ie
not from your authority's budgets)?

The advertising revenue came from public sector partnerships (of which
this council is a member). In previous years the private sector has also
bought advertising.

5. Which other public sector partners pay to run advertising in your
newspaper, eg PCTs?

PCT and Thames Valley Police.

6. Whether recruitment advertising forms part of the advertising in your
newspaper?

No, it does not.

7. A copy of an editorial policy guide, if one exists, which governs the
material which is placed in the newspaper, and how it is decided

The editorial content of OXONNEWS must relate in some way to Oxfordshire
County Council and/or the services it provides. In exceptional cases, a
small unrelated article may be considered for inclusion, if it is
considered to be of sufficient interest to act as a hook to attract
readers 'in' to the other content. For example, an interview with a local
public figure.

In addition, the Department for Communities and Local Government Code of
recommended practice on local authority publicity. Under Section 2 of the
Local Government Act 1986 (as amended) the council should at no time
publish any material, which in whole or in part, appears to be designed to
affect support for a political party.

8. A copy of an advertising policy guide, if one exists, which governs
what sort of advertising is suitable.

A panel must be included in each edition of the magazine inviting
advertising, with the aim of trying to offset production costs. Careful
consideration must be given (and legal advice sought if appropriate)
before accepting any advertisement that could compromise the
balance/legitimacy of the magazine for any of the following reasons:

* it is of questionable legality
* it could conflict directly with the policies, aims and values of the
council
* the overall level of advertising - or one advertisement's sheer size
- would 'overpower' the level of the magazine's editorial content,
thus making the publication appear to be more an advertising
supplement than a serious information bulletin whose purpose is to
inform local communities about how Oxfordshire County Council is
spending their money, the services available to them and how the
council is judged to be performing.

9. The number of people employed to put your newspaper/newsletter
together, including total cost and staff organisation chart

The magazine is written, produced and edited by one person, the council's
Publications Editor (gross salary: £48,478.20 p.a.).

This postholder is responsible not just for OXONNEWS, but for all the
council's publications.
There is no post at the council dedicated solely to the production of
OXONNEWS.

Feedback

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Oxfordshire County Council
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Please let me know if you have further enquiries. I would be grateful if
you could use the reference number given at the top of this email.

Yours sincerely,

Rachel Skeet
Complaints and FOI Officer

Oxfordshire County Council
Legal and Democratic Services
Complaints and Freedom of Information Team
County Hall
New Road
Oxford OX1 1ND

Tel: 01865 815889
Fax: 01865 783195
Email: [3][email address]
Team email: [4][email address] or [5][Oxfordshire County Council request email]

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