Hold the Front Page reclaims the value of local journalism from humor
The New UK programme Hold The Front Page uses humor to highlight the work of local journalists.
Nish Kumar and Josh Widdicombe are the two comedians who star in Hold The Front Page, the new British comedy series in which they become professional journalists and work for different local newspapers around the country.
After the success of the British series Afterlife, created and starring the comedian Ricky Gervais, Hold the Front Page returns to rescue the value of local journalism humorously.
Unlike the first, in which we see the employees of a decaying local newspaper suffer from chronic demotivation aggravated by the decadent stories they have to cover, in Hold The Front Page the comedians Kumar and Widdicombe are literally trapped in the hustle and bustle of the daily grind of a newsroom. The pressure they are under is such that the protagonists themselves were impressed by the ability of the local reporters to break up to six stories in a single day.
Following what PressGazette published about the programme, we agree that this is a good idea to bring the work of local journalists closer through humour.
In Spain, there are also examples of bringing comedy and journalism together. Currently, Ángel Martín's time-saving morning news programme is the most followed newscast on Youtube. It is a two-minute summary of the day's news, with short reflections on the stories he shares.