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Regional press news in brief has been launched by Associated Northcliffe Digital, to help property developers, new house builders and estate agents advertise new homes directly to consumers.
It is the 100th website from AND – formerly Northcliffe Electronic Publishing and Associated New Media – and provides a comprehensive list of leading house builders including Barratt Homes, Berkeley Homes, KingsOak Homes, Redrow and St James Homes.

Former Birmingham Post & Mail managing director Richard Crabtree has died, aged 100.
He was in charge at the company for 13 years from 1958 until his retirement in 1971. He was born into the industry, his father being managing director of the Yorkshire Evening News and a director at the Daily Chronicle. His own career began at the Yorkshire Evening News in 1924 and he was also later MD at the Walsall Observer.

The Newspaper Society has welcomed the below-inflation licence fee deal awarded to the BBC, hoping it will “force the BBC to focus on priorities rather than wasting public money on ultra-local TV and websites which would … replicate the print and online content of regional newspapers”.

The Lincolnshire Echo is urging readers to join a campaign to prevent public bodies operating in secret.
The newspaper, on behalf of its readers, has relied on the Freedom of Information Act to expose previously-unpublished data in the public interest, and it has now joined forces with county MPs to call for Tony Blair to abandon proposals to change the two-year-old legislation.

The Belfast Telegraph has launched a campaign to save the Belfast festival, which could close down unless funding is secured in the next two weeks.
Supporters are being asked to sign an online petition which will be sent to Culture, Arts and Leisure minister Maria Eagle.

Readers of the East Anglian Daily Times have been praised after smashing through their £12,000 target for the Gemma’s Gift Appeal, to help services at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. The appeal has now raised more than £19,000.

The Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph’s campaign to stamp out dangerous parking outside schools has come in for praise in Parliament.
Local MP Philip Hollobone told a parliamentary committee: “I want to praise the Evening Telegraph, which has run a very effective campaign to prevent inconsiderate parking outside schools at peak times.”
The Park Safe, Be Safe initiative has removed the problem from many areas.