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The pandemic has intensified a crisis in local media and beyond, just as it’s deepened our need for trust, accountability and community. 60 local newspapers have closed since January 2019 – that’s at least 785 jobs, with up to 5,000 more at risk following Covid cuts.


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Our Impact

Revealed: The true story behind the closure of privately-run mental health ward at Priory Bristol

Workers from a children’s ward at Priory Hospital Bristol speak out about regular incidents of self-harm and alleged attacks on staff, following a six-month Cable investigation.

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Finally exposed: How Lopresti ice cream boss kept men in slave-like conditions, tenants and families in squalor. But people spoke out.

In a Cable investigation spanning five years, a shocking story has been uncovered.

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Episode 1: Unmasking The Cornerman

This Bristol Cable investigation exposes one of Britain’s most elusive organised crime bosses after two decades in the shadows.

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