Bristol Media Cookie Policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your device by a site (e.g. computer, tablet or phone) to uniquely identify your device. 

What are cookies used for?

Cookies allow a site, or third party service embedded in a site, to know if your device has visited that site or service before. This information can then be used to help with the following:

  • Delivering specific content - for example, showing pages dependent on whether you are logged in
  • Gathering anonymous data on site usage
  • Storing preferences or options 
  • Ensuring marketing you see online is more relevant to you and your interests

What types of cookies does Bristol Media use?

Bristol Media delivers three types of cookie categorised as: Necessary for site functionality, Performance and Monitoring and Third party targeting

Cookies necessary for site functionality

These cookies enable you to move around the site and use its features, such as accessing logged in areas.

PHPSESSID : the php session cookie, primarily used on to indicate whether you are logged in, and therefore allowed access to members' areas. This cookie expires after the session.

member : this cookie indicates whether you are a member or not, and is used to switch off the Join button and sidebar panel if you are. This cookie is set when you log in and expires after 28 days.

cookieP : this cookie indicates whether you have clicked OK on the Use of cookies message (shown just above the footer) and hides it if you have. This cookie expires after 28 days, after which the Use of cookies message will be displayed again.

Performance and Monitoring cookies

These cookies help collect information about how you have used the site, for example, which pages you have visited and how long you viewed them. The data collected in this regard is anonymous. We use Google Analytics to collect this data. 

_gid, _gat, _ga : Google Analytics cookies

Third party targeting cookies

Bristol Media embeds content from third parties that use targeting cookies - Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo. These third parties may use these types of cookies to deliver advertising on other sites that they consider relevant to your interests. 

These cookies can remember that your device has visited a site or service and may also be able to track your device’s browsing activity on sites or services other than

This information may be shared with organizations outside Bristol Media, such as advertisers and/or advertising networks to deliver targeted advertising on other sites.

Note, advertising on itself does not use targeting cookies.

How long will cookies stay on my device?

The length of time a cookie will stay on your device depends on whether it is a “persistent” or “session” cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your device until they expire or are deleted.

Bristol Media uses two persistent cookies - cookieP and member.

Embedded services from third parties (Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo) use persistent cookies.

First and third party cookies

First-party cookies are cookies that belong to Bristol Media, third-party cookies are cookies that a third party places on a device via uses two types of third party cookies:

  • Third-party cookies placed on your device to help us understand how our service is being used. On, these cookies are from Google Analytics.
  • Third-party cookies placed on your device that may be used to help advertise products and services to you elsewhere on the Internet. On, these cookies are from Twitter, YouTube and Vimeo. 

Note, whether third party cookies are accepted or not can be controlled in your browser settings for "cookies from another domain".

How to manage cookies on your browser

If you want to delete and/or prevent the acceptance of cookies from Bristol Media and/or third parties, follow these instructions:



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