In response to the Government acting against propaganda sheet H&F News our Council has decided not to give in, as it would see it, to the Fulham Chronicle - but to seek a private operator for H&F news instead, to operate at "arms length".
Roy Greenslade, the media commentator at the Grauniad, has the full details. But at first sight it looks like a very clever wheeze indeed. If the protestations of the Council are correct, and the new owners of H&F News really will be editorially independent - unlike now - then this will meet the diktat set down from Secretary of State Eric Pickles, who is determined to stamp out the sort of publicly funded propaganda that H&F News represents.
But if it does go ahead it would also represent a potential death knell for the Chronicle in its current form - the all important life-giving advertising revenue would presumably stay with H&F News and with no realistic prospect of that changing, Chronicle owners Trinity Mirror may have second thoughts about continuing the free-to-door model.
Interesting times ahead.