Why won’t the Marlborough Express run Mayor Sowman’s late night emails?

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Sources in Marlborough are telling the tipline that the Marlborough Express is refusing to run the threatening, late-night emails sent by Mayor Sowman to Corey Hebberd who is critical of wasteful spending on the theatre.

Instead, they prefer to run a lame story about that “world-class” show Beauty and the Beast being staged in the “world-class” theatre, which will likely end up with a “world-class” debt per ratepayer.

Insiders at the Express say an editorial position has been taken in favour of the theatre, and of Mayor Sowman as they are luvvies who think Marlborough needs a “World-class” Theatre, no matter what the cost of it is. It seems, too, that they are somewhat afraid of the bullying mayor.  

Everyone knows newspapers in NZ are dying, but they die quicker when they fail to examine important issues like chronic overspending or threatening after-midnight emails from elected representatives. The Marlborough Express needs to serve the people of its region properly and cover the stories that are getting passed on to this blog. The Express is not running them out of fear or plain gutlessness.

The Express has every right to support massive spending blowouts and piss-poor financial management of the theatre, and it has every right to support the current Mayor. What is not right is when an out-of-town blog has to cover local stories for them.

No wonder my tipline is overflowing with emails from disgruntled ratepayers.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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