Behind the scenes of a national newspaper
More than 12 and half million of us buy newspapers everyday. Whether it be a red-top tabloid, the pink pages of the Financial Times or a local weekly. Factor in free papers like the Metro and London Evening Standard and people who read newspapers online, the reach of Fleet Street is as great as ever, despite falling circulation figures.
I say 'Fleet Street', but the London-based nationals have long since abandoned their spiritual home. Now you can find print journalists from Wapping to Kensington, Kings Cross to Canary Wharf. But where their power-base may have shifted, their power - to set political agendas and mould public opinion - remains.
We're broadcasting today's Richard Bacon show from the newsroom of The Independent. We've wanted to do the show from a newspaper for a long time, but while the Independent readily agreed to be the hosts, it took a lot of time and persuasion to get any of the others to participate.
We invited all of the national daily newspapers to take part in the show but in the end, apart from The Independent, only The Times and The Guardian agreed. It's interesting that newspapers are often keen to talk about other people but are reluctant to talk about themselves. Or to each other.
Despite this, we want the show to give you a glimpse of what goes into the production of a national newspaper and it's also an opportunity to look at the issues facing an industry that millions of us use every day.
The world of newspapers is a fascinating one, and at the moment there seems to be a significant amount of soul-searching into what their role in society is. Are they defenders of freedom of speech, as we have seen in recent weeks in the case of injunctions and superinjunctions, or are they the villainous invaders of privacy, as in the case of phone-hacking?
Newspapers wield tremendous power to shape the way we perceive politicians, celebrities and ourselves and yet very rarely do they let their guard down. Very rarely are we allowed to look behind the curtain.
We will try to follow an issue of the paper from inception to publication. You'll hear an editorial meeting, as well as from the unsung staff who actually produce the paper. We'll speak to the Indy's legal team about the difficult decisions of what to publish or not. Richard will be joined by the author and journalist Nick Davies - a man involved in breaking two of the big stories this year, wikileaks and phone-hacking, and we'll also be asking if the decline of local papers will profoundly affect the future of Fleet Street.
Cosmo Shield is a producer on the Richard Bacon programme