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L Barnett made this Freedom of Information request to Cardiff Council

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From: L Barnett

3 January 2010

Dear Cardiff 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

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From: FOI
Cardiff Council

5 January 2010

Dear L Barnett

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request

Details have been forwarded to the Freedom of Information Officer within
the relevant department who will be dealing with your request and will
contact you in due course.

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at
[Cardiff Council request email]

Sincerely,

Rory Williams

on behalf of

C2C Records Officer
Connect to Cardiff
Cardiff County Council
County Hall
Atlantic Wharf
Cardiff
CF10 4UW

email [Cardiff Council request email]

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From: Parsons, Dave
Cardiff Council

22 January 2010

Your Ref: RFI_1183

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
received on 4^th January 2010 regarding Council newspapers and
please accept our apologies for a delay in responding.

We have considered your request and enclose 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)

Capital Times. Frequency - 8 times a year. Distribution 155,000

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

Production and printing costs, 2008-09: printing - £78,273;
distribution - £76, 482
Cost of production and printing was budgeted for current financial
year.

3. How much of that cost is offset by advertising

In the current financial year advertising of £57,000 has been
secured so far with two editions yet to be published.

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

Approximately £11,000 so far in this financial year.

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

We run adverts from the Benefits Agency and also private and
voluntary sector.

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

We adhere to Advertising Standards Board requirements.

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

Capital Times complies with local authority publication guidelines.

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

N/A

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

Staff costs will be one member of staff and a proportion of another
member of staff's time which equates to four days per edition, so 32
days per calendar year.  These costs would be £29,984.52.

We supply this information based on your original request. If this
information does not answer your enquiry or if you feel we have not
fully understood your request, please contact me to clarify your
exact requirements.

If you have any queries or concerns or are in any way dissatisfied
with the handling of your request please do not hesitate to contact
me.

You can find out more about the Freedom of Information Act from the
Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner's Office (Wales)
Cambrian Buildings
Mount Stuart Square
Cardiff
CF10 5FL

[1]http://www.informationcommissioner.gov.u...

Telephone: 029 2044 8044

Fax: 029 2044 8045

Email: [2][email address]

Yours Sincerely

Dave Parsons

On behalf of

Barry Jeffreys

Information Compliance Manager

Swyddog Rheoli Gwybodaeth

Cardiff Council

Room CY5

County Hall

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