Beyond the bulls#!t

The future of independent, hard-hitting media is in your hands. If you are anti-corporates, anti-oligarchs and anti-bulls#!t, then it’s time to #BackTheCable.

No clickbait. No pop-up ads. No spin. Just real, proper journalism. You’d be mad not to keep it alive.

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Become a member, a Patron or buy your loved one a Gift Membership.

Join today

Already a member? If 50% of us give £2/mo more, we’d smash our milestones overnight. Let’s make it happen.

Membership benefits

Owner @ £1/mo (£12/yr)

You’re a proud co-owner of the Bristol Cable. You get:

  • Voting rights at the AGM, plus callouts
  • ‘Cable Insider’ members’ newsletter
  • Free member socials

Reader @ £5/mo (£60/yr)

You’re a co-owner and a regular reader of the Cable newspaper. You get:

  • … all of the owner benefits and
  • Quarterly print edition delivered to your door
  • ‘Bristol Round-Up’ weekly newsletter (award-nominated!)
  • 10% discount on tickets to our events

Supporter @ £10/mo (£120/yr)

You’re a co-owner, regular reader, and local-news-sustainability devotee! You’re all in to secure the Cable’s long-term sustainability. You get:

  • …all of the reader benefits and
  • 50% discount on tickets to our events
  • Early access to all podcast and video

About us

No clickbait. No pop-up ads. No spin.

Just real, proper journalism.

You’d be mad not to keep it alive.

The Bristol Cable is a member-owned investigative media outlet, free from corporate backers or ad-driven revenue.

Together, we hold power to account through groundbreaking investigations, campaigns for change, and amplifying marginalised voices. Without independent, investigative media, we lose truth, integrity and diverse perspectives.

The future of independent, hard-hitting media is in your hands. If you are anti-corporates, anti-oligarchs and anti-bulls#!t, then it’s time to back The Cable – the media outlet that dares to challenge, inform, and inspire, for a better, fairer future. Find out more about us.

#BackThe Cable today.

Our impact

Want to see where your money goes?

We’re incredibly proud of what we accomplish. You can read all about how your support helps fund in depth journalism, long form investigations, and amazing community events here. Find out more.

Upcoming events

Jan 25 | What racism can tell us about journalism and power, with Gary Younge

Don’t miss our very special evening with Gary Younge in Bristol, where he will be discussing his journalism career and how his lived experiences of racism have impacted this.

 

Full details of our upcoming events can be found at the Cable’s events page.

Patron membership

Are you able to contribute more? You can help keep the Cable accessible to all, and maximise our long-term sustainability, by contributing anything over £1,000/year as a Patron member. Find out more.

FAQ

We hope the information below answers any questions you may have, but if you have further questions please get in touch at membership@thebristolcable.org.

How much should I pay?

No matter what you pay we operate a one member, one vote policy. We recommend one hour’s wages for full time employees.

Paying annually if you can, rather than monthly, also improves the Cable’s sustainability.

If you’re a high earner, consider giving more on behalf of those who can’t.

What does the Cable do with the money?

69% of our budget goes toward paying our staff a living wage (nice). Our budget is currently £375,000/yr (£7,200/wk) which, to produce quality journalism, is incredibly thrifty! We hope to increase it.

Here are some examples:

Why are you asking for more than I give to a national paper?

You’ll not only be funding quality local journalism, but also forging a new, sustainable business model for local journalism. Locals don’t have the same membership pool to reach out to as nationals do, so we ask those who can contribute more to do so.