Two friends of mine who are award winning publicans (I have a LOT of friends who are publicans by the way) announced that they broke a £10K turnover target two weeks ago and that this has been repeated last week. Their pub is a small, privately owned free of tie and wet led (i.e. they don't sell food). Before they took on the lease three years ago this pub was a run down ticking over poor business with seemingly limited potential.
When something goes wrong in the pub sector the publicans are the last people that anyone comes to to ask: "What do you think is wrong?"
Mind you, on the rare occasions when they do get asked something they usually get it wrong. Antony Worral Thompson got onto a Dispatches programme a few years back (I think it was called 'Calling Time on the English Pub' or something like), because he was 'a pub operator' and he talked total and utter bollocks with great authority, pretty much proving that he had done little homework about the pub sector before he went into pubs, and his business folded within a few months of the programme.
Maybe no journalists or pundits wants to hear the deceitful story of cynical white collar criminal activity in asset stripping our cultural heritage. It needs to be more sexy, upbeat or downright scandalous rather than by a tale of stealth and smoke and mirrors in plain sight to make a good story.