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19 March 2024 - The future of news: impartiality, trust and technology - Oral evidence

Committee Communications and Digital Committee
Inquiry The future of news: impartiality, trust and technology

Tuesday 19 March 2024

Start times: 2:00pm (private) 2:30pm (public)

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The future of news – podcasts and radio

The Communications and Digital Committee continues to explore the future of news in the UK as it takes evidence from representatives of Global Radio, LBC and the podcast company Acast.

Meeting details

At 2:30pm: Oral evidence
Inquiry The future of news: impartiality, trust and technology
Chief Strategy Officer at Global Radio
Managing Editor, LBC at Global Radio
Creator Network Director at Acast
Legal Counsel at Acast


The inquiry is examining the changing media landscape and what needs to happen to ensure a thriving, trusted and financially sustainable news ecosystem. Key areas include the broadening concept of what constitutes ‘news’, the impact of tech platforms and generative AI on news media business models, the impact of a decline in trust in traditional news outlets, and the challenges around editorial decision. It comes amid the world’s largest election year and ahead of an anticipated UK general election.

Possible areas for discussion

Possible areas for discussion with witnesses include:

  • What role do podcasts and radio play in the way people access news?
  • What is the financial health of these sectors and how might that evolve over the next 5 years?
  • What impacts are tech platforms having (for example via smart speakers)?
  • What is the appropriate role and extent of regulation in this space?

Further information


Room 3, Palace of Westminster

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