Keep proper journalism alive. It's time to Back the Cable
The Bristol Cable

Edition 4: Co-op note

4thedition - by the Bristol cable
Cable Community News

The Cable needs you. It’s as simple as that. The people of Bristol are the city’s lifeblood – and the Cable’s. For one pound per month you can join 350 members (and counting!) and become co-owner of a different media. A media that is democratically owned and run as a co-operative. The Cable doesn’t have billionaires and corporate advertisers bankrolling our operations and shaping our message. Our commitment is to original, authentically sourced journalism. All created by volunteers, at least for now.

Here at the Cable, we believe media should be a public good. A tool for holding the powerful accountable, investigating wrongdoing, and amplifying people’s voices and ideas.

The Bristol Cable in Numbers

17.10.14 – Public launch date

40,000 – Free magazines shared across Bristol

87,000 – Unique web hits to

900 – People who have attended over 30 free workshops, trainings and events

350 – Co-op members in July 2015, contributing average £3 per month

1000 – Number of members needed to build sustainability and start paying volunteers and contributors

The 350 of you who have already joined the Cable are all legal shareholders. That’s massive!

Think about it, most of the media in the country (including the Bristol Post) are owned by media barons and unelected lords. These individuals and companies have huge financial and political power that’s actively preventing positive change. We’re flipping that pyramid on its head. But we need more of you – to double membership to 700 and above – in order to be sustainable.

So if you haven’t already done so, please join and own the Cable media co-op for just £1 per month! Get challenging investigations and quality multimedia on the issues affecting our lives and communities. Get free access to training and events and discounts in local businesses. Decide how local media is run, what issues to cover, and who to take to task. And, if you want to get further involved, check out the roles you can take up detailed within!

In Bristol and beyond we need a new model for the media. We need a real and direct alternative – locally owned and produced journalism that is broad, challenging, informative and fresh. This is a good start. Let’s see it through!


All content is currently created on a volunteer basis. If you like what The Bristol Cable is doing please become a member of the co-op or donate today!


Join 2,500 Cable members redefining local media

Your support will help the Cable grow, deepening our connections in the city and investigating the issues that matter most in our communities.

Join now

What makes us different?

Related content

Watch: Why you should back the Cable – in 60 seconds

A breakdown of all the things we've managed to achieve for Bristol in almost a decade of reporting.

We’re working to diversify the Cable team. Let’s start with our freelancer base

The Cable exists to challenge the structure of the media, but we are not representative enough of our city. Here’s what we’re doing to change things.

Listen: Area in Focus – the fight for the St Paul’s dentist’s

In February, hundreds of people queued up on Ashley Road for several days to register for NHS dentistry, as the local practice reopened. In this episode, we tell the story of the campaigners who fought to ensure their neighbourhood did not lose a vital health service.

Campaigners say St Paul’s dentist could have reopened sooner, after enquiry went unanswered

NHS denies busy surgery where thousands queued could have stayed open, but residents' group leaders call for more transparency.

Listen: The Debrief – what does Bristol’s Green surge mean for the city, and what next for the council under a new committee system?

The Green Party became Bristol's largest party at local elections on 2 May, falling just short of an overall majority. As Bristol kisses goodbye to its mayoral system, what will happen next?

Rack ’em up: Bristol’s bustling pub pool culture in pictures

In this photo essay, the Cable captures the unique spirit of amateur pool at a series of boozers in pockets of the city where the pub sport culture has been alive and well for decades.

Green surge secures historic victory at Bristol council elections

The Green Party gained 10 seats, mostly from Labour, but fell just short of a majority. Now, they will go into Bristol's new committee system as the largest party, but restated their commitment to work with others in leading the council.

Labour’s Clare Moody wins Avon and Somerset police and crime commissioner election

Turnout was low as the former MEP, who campaigned on improving neighbourhood policing and reducing violent crime, narrowly defeated incumbent Conservative Mark Shelford

Join our newsletter

Get the essential stories you won’t find anywhere else

Subscribe to the Cable newsletter to get our weekly round-up direct to your inbox every Saturday

Join our newsletter

Subscribe to the Cable newsletter

Get our latest stories & essential Bristol news
sent to your inbox every Saturday morning