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Sustainability of local journalism

Inquiry

The DCMS Committee will examine what challenges face local news organisations and what support should be put in place in order to maintain their democratic function. The Sustainability of Local Journalism inquiry will consider the operation of the market for local journalism and how that is affected by increasing competition from social media and public service broadcasters.

MPs will assess the impact of the findings of the Cairncross Review which examined how to create a sustainable future for journalism, with particular relevance to ensuring the continued and the long-term supply of local journalism.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Thursday 31 March 2022.

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Past events

Tuesday 18 October 2022
9:30am Private
10:00am Public
Sustainability of local journalism - Oral evidence 18 October 2022
10:00am
  • Julia Lopez MP (Minister of State at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
  • Robert Specterman-Green (Director, Media & Creative Industries, at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Thursday 7 July 2022
10:15am Private
10:30am Public
Sustainability of local journalism - Oral evidence 7 July 2022
10:30am
  • Maria Breslin (Editor at Liverpool Echo)
  • David Floyd (Director at Social Spider CIC)
  • Karl Hancock (Chief Executive at Nub News)
11:15am
  • Matt Abbott (Deputy Director at Independent Community News Network)
  • George Brock (Chair at Charitable Journalism Project)
  • Polly Perkins (Editor at Burngreave Messenger)
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Tuesday 28 June 2022
10:00am Private
10:30am Public
Sustainability of local journalism - Oral evidence 28 June 2022
10:30am
  • Professor Natalie Fenton (Founder at Media Reform Coalition)
  • David Higgerson (Chief Audience Officer at Reach plc)
  • Paul Hutchinson (Co-founder at Bedford Independent)
11:30am
  • Rhodri Talfan Davies (Director of Nations at BBC)
  • Tom Morrison-Bell (Government Affairs and Public Policy Manager at Google)
  • John Severinson (Head of News Partner Development, Europe at Meta)
Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture
Tuesday 17 May 2022
9:30am Private
10:00am Public
Sustainability of local journalism - Oral evidence 17 May 2022
10:00am
  • Owen Meredith (Chief Executive at News Media Association)
  • David Powell (Chair at Local TV Network)
  • Martin Steers (Co-Founder at UK Community Radio Network)
11:00am
  • Adam Cantwell-Corn (Co-Founder at The Bristol Cable)
  • Jonathan Heawood (Executive Director at Public Interest News Foundation)
  • Michelle Stanistreet (General Secretary at National Union of Journalists)
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

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