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Magazines and broadcast journalists discuss the future of journalism

15 June 2020

The Communications and Digital Committee hears evidence from the editors of The Spectator and New Statesman magazines, as well as an ITV news presenter and a former No10 communications director as part of its ongoing inquiry into the future of journalism.


Tuesday 16 June at 3.00pm
virtual meeting

  • Fraser Nelson, Editor, The Spectator
  • Jason Cowley, Editor, New Statesman

At 4.00pm

  • Sir Robbie Gibb, former BBC broadcast journalist and former Downing Street Director of Communications
  • Julie Etchingham, presenter of ITV News at Ten and Tonight

Possible questions

Possible questions to The Spectator and New Statesman include:

  • What are the medium- to long-term prospects for UK magazines and how can they remain profitable?
  • How could public policy better support the financial sustainability of UK journalism?
  • How could the industry recruit and retain more people from under-represented backgrounds?
  • How could public policy and public bodies better support journalism?

Possible questions to Sir Robbie Gibb and Julie Etchingham include:

  • How could broadcast journalism be made more accessible to people from under-represented backgrounds?
  • How can journalists appeal to and reflect the concerns of all audiences, including working class and non-metropolitan?
  • Do journalists pay too much attention to Twitter?
  • Could there be more collaboration between large and small news organisations?

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