Rangers’ £25k charge for media access branded ‘worrying’ by English media outlet
Rangers ‘ disputes with the media in recent years are no secret to anyone in Scotland but the Gers’ latest stance regarding media coverage has been called “worrying” by journalists south of the border. NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images The Light Blues are demanding as much as £25,00...
Rangers‘ disputes with the media in recent years are no secret to anyone in Scotland but the Gers’ latest stance regarding media coverage has been called “worrying” by journalists south of the border.
The Light Blues are demanding as much as £25,000 for access for newspapers and fan media outlets to access pre-match press conferences and match days – with the Ibrox side claiming they are “very pleased” with the response.
Mike Keegan of the Daily Mail thinks the move is a sign that Rangers have let their first title in a decade “go to their heads” in the ‘cash for questions row.
“Rangers appear to have let their first Scottish title in 10 years go to their heads,” Keegan wrote in the Daily Mail.
“In a worrying development, the Ibrox club are trying to charge newspapers £25,000 for one reporter and one photographer to attend matches and pre-match press conferences.
“The tidy sum will also buy five exclusive interviews and a sit-down with manager Steven Gerrard.
“For £10,000, media get access and one exclusive. The response from major newspapers has been cool, but Rangers claim: ‘We are very pleased that we have received positive responses to our media partnership packages.'”
So far only one outlet is thought to have paid the £25k Rangers want for access with most ‘mainstream’ outlets aghast at the suggestion.
Rangers have also put pressure on clubs this summer to refuse media access for friendly fixtures away from Ibrox, as they look to push fans towards Rangers TV to further monetise supporters.
With many media outlets in the Gers’ bad books, the gantry at Ibrox might be a bit emptier next season.