The Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News are closing down

Logos of the Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News
John Ranson

The Jewish Chronicle (JC) and Jewish News (JN) are set to close down after announcing the company which owns them is seeking a liquidation agreement.

A statement in the JC said:

The liquidation is expected to be finalised in the coming 2 to 3 weeks and every effort will be made to ensure that the paper continues to be published over this period and the website continues to provide regular updates.

The Kessler Foundation, owners of the Jewish Chronicle, are actively working to secure a future for the Jewish Chronicle after the liquidation.

Guardian media editor Jim Waterson said the “parent company ran out of money as the coronavirus pandemic devastates the media industry”. He added that the JC might return in some form, leading to some staff getting their jobs back.

Merger

In February, the JC announced “ambitious plans” to create a merged company with JN. This would have seen the two titles continuing with a single combined editorial team. Such rationalisation is a common feature of the UK media landscape. JC chair Alan Jacobs said “Merging with the Jewish News provides the best opportunity to secure the independent future of the Jewish Chronicle”.

In June 2019, the JC had celebrated ‘securing its long-term future’, thanks to a successful fundraising drive. At the time, editor Stephen Pollard exclaimed “Here’s to the next 178 years”.

Headwinds

Since then, however, the JC has been buffeted by a stinging adjudication from press regulator IPSO. This concerned a series of articles the paper had published relating to Liverpool Labour activist Audrey White and allegations that she had bullied former Labour MP Louise Ellman. IPSO found the JC guilty of “multiple” breaches of its accuracy code and of failing to publish appropriate corrections.

Subsequently, White accepted a libel settlement from the JC. This included ‘a substantial sum’ in damages as well as complete removal of the four offending articles from the JC’s website.

In its reporting of the settlement, the Electronic Intifada noted the JC had previously had to “pay $60,000 in libel damages to InterPal” and stated: “Such payouts cannot be helping The Jewish Chronicle with a recent financial crisis.” It observed that “According to their most recent accounts, the group that owns the Jewish Chronicle’s newspaper and website operates at a loss of more than $2 million, while [JN] has liabilities of more than $1.9 million”.

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    1. Pollard is embarrassingly fanatical in his support for Zionism and fully deserves this failure. It is interesting that the market for this sort of thing is much smaller than the media would have us believe. And the Labour Party, for that matter. We are continually told of the “Jewish community” and the views of its self-appointed “leaders”. Whether it be the (ex) JC or the BoD, both of which have a shameful history when it comes to the dissemination of anti-Palestinian bigotry, we know that these “leaders” do not represent a community but far-right segments of it.
      Someone tell Starmer. Please.

    2. Starmer is perfectly aware. As are the other Labour leaders who cravenly accept orders from the B o D and expel anti-racist socialists to placate racist Zionists. It is simply electoral calculation. They know the media decide who will run the country and the media will side with the Zionist lobby, as it has throughout the disgracefully mendacious campaign to smear Corbyn as a racist and Labour as institutionally so. Yet this failure surely is a small positive signal: if you lie and distort the facts, if you persistently accuse your opponents of what you are guilty of, you dig your own grave. The judgement in favour of Audrey White shines a very bright light on the allegations made by Louise Ellman about anti-Semitism in her constituency, and if she was less than honest, might the rest of the accusers not be the same?

    3. Dear Mr Ranson ,
      Surely with the election of Sir Keir Starmer as the replacement of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader , Mossad support has been removed from an obviously tainted chalice , Job Done . Of course we can obviously assume that after an attempt at rebranding the same malicious apartheid mendacity will be recycled in another vessel . Apartheid will die without propaganda and lies ,
      Derek

    4. Its the Reality Show many have been waiting to see unfold as it should.
      I see they used circluar reasoning in their excitement before the Coronavirus came.

      Its the Reality Show many of us have been waiting to see unfold as it show. The fact many in the Labour party listened closely to these people makes one wonder what do they now think?

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