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On the face of it Cornwall Reports seems to be a very interesting idea but if I have a doubt it’s due to the principle name attached to the project. My concerns about Graham Smith have been spelt out elsewhere (click here), they don’t need to be repeated here.
What can be added however is a little detail that came to mind on reading his name. Once, in a pique with Mebyon Kernow, Smith, on his impartial BBC blog, quoted George Orwell on nationalism – the objective being undoubtedly to paint MK as evil nationalists. The irony! An employee of a state-controlled media mouthpiece quoting George ‘Big Brother‘ Orwell in an attack on a small political movement that defends the rights of a dissenting minority. When this was pointed out on his blog no response was forthcoming. 
A thought for the day: Perhaps if Mr Smith, the Labour party and a long list of others had spent more of their time examining and taking apart the arguments of the Anglo-British nationalist and xenophobic UKIP rather than focusing their attention on the likes of MK, Plaid and the SNP (competitors with Labour) we wouldn’t be in the mess we are today.
Anyway, what they have to say for themselves can be found below. Should they be awarded the benefit of the doubt? I suppose so.
Cornwall Reports is a project to reinvent journalism.  It is part of a mission to re-establish the primacy of rationalism and objective facts, using technology to finance the gathering and dissemination of news.  Like the pamphleteers of the 17th and 18th centuries, Cornwall Reports seeks to make a fundamental contribution to democracy.

The premise is that as technology lowers production costs, so the value of media reduces, finally, to that of its content alone.  The ambition of Cornwall Reports is to eventually produce content which is financed entirely by its consumers.  In short, you will pay for only what you read, without the hidden costs of adverts, pop-ups, surveys and clickbait. Cornwall Reports is just journalism, pure and simple.

In the 21st century, the Cornwall Reports project will have to challenge the might of global publishing giants such as Facebook and Google – which today effectively act as gatekeepers to almost every digital word read online.  Cornwall Reports must therefore fight an asymmetrical war in which size alone does not matter.

The business plan calls for Cornwall Reports to build a brand identity free of advertising (the growing prevalence of ad-blocking software already poses a severe threat to conventional online news media) and ultimately to make its content invisible to search engines.

Cornwall Reports becomes viable as an ad-free online newspaper once it has 1,000 subscribers.  The sooner that day comes, the better – we estimate about one year.  If you would be willing to be among the founding subscribers, and would like to take advantage of the rewards that includes, then please email theboss@cornwallreports.co.uk and we will get in touch.
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To: Department for Culture, Media and Sport 

Give Cornish language and culture the equal status, recognition, respect and prominence in public service broadcasting that it deserves. 
We believe the Cornish should have equal status with the other indigenous languages and cultures of Britain.

We want BBC Kernow | Cornwall to sit in it’s rightful place alongside BBC Cymru and BBC Alba on the iPlayer. 

We want appropriate commissioning and editorial processes to be established within the remit of the BBC Royal Charter from 2017 to develop and grow Cornish language and cultural programming.
Why is this important? 
Every culture should have their own voice represented in the world’s media, particularly in public service broadcasting. 
In 2003 the Cornish language (Kernewek) received official recognition under the European Charter for the Protection of Regional or Minority Languages. 
In 2014 the Cornish were granted protected national minority status under the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. 
This means the Cornish have the same recognition as the Welsh, Scots and Northern Irish. 
Tweet #BBCKernow #yourBBC 
Please sign this petition to pledge your support for the establishment of BBC Kernow. 
How it will be delivered 
This petition will be delivered in person to Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. 
Sign the petition here:  BBC KERNOW
THE BIGGER THE LIE – Media Bias in the Scottish Independence Referendum 

Of course this will come as no surprise to Cornish campaigners who have long been aware of the unhealthy links between the English nationalist Labour party and the BBC in Cornwall.
 

The Cornish language is an ancient Celtic language with close links to Welsh and Breton and more distant links with Irish, Scottish Gaelic and Manx. The language was very nearly lost in the 1800s, but a revival began at the end of the nineteenth century. The revival has picked up pace and now there are hundreds of people speaking Cornish, with thousands having some knowledge.

The Cornish language (Kernewek) is an essential part of Cornwall’s cultural distinctiveness – something that is of high value for business. Radyo an Gernewegva is a pod-cast weekly radio programme that aims to boost fluency to strengthen that distinctiveness.

Have a listen to one of our weekly programmes here: Click link

We want to engage with you to get help in building a new website for the pod-cast. We would like a site that looks good and is interactive. The site will also be one that connects seamlessly with social media. We have very little control over our current site and we have outgrown it. To build a new one, we need £5000. This sum of money would allow us to pay for a professional to give us a professional design. We would also like to make sure it works well with SEO and attracts people to the language. Some of the money would also pay for man-hours in development time. 

As anyone who works with the web knows, getting a professional and exciting website takes a lot of time and money – both things we have not had in abundance. We would love you to help us make that change.

 

So Mebyon Kernow, a long established left-of-centre green democratic nationalist party opposed to all forms of intolerance, won’t have an electoral broadcast  because they don’t meet the BBC’s rather arbitrary criteria. On the other hand though a far-right English nationalist party, The English Democrats, (along with any number of other forms of pond life) will be getting a helping hand to promote English nationalism and intolerance in Kernow. 
Thanks Beeb!
Of course we could add 99% of Cornish papers – Wester Morning News, Cornwall Today, Cornish Guardian, The Cornishman, The West Briton as well as the network of ‘Local People‘ websites to the above as they are all owned by the same Northcliffe Media group.