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MPs hold first session examining sustainability of local journalism

13 May 2022

The first session of the Sustainability of local journalism inquiry will explore the challenges faced by local news organisations and how they should be supported to maintain their democratic function. 

Purpose of the session

The Committee is likely to explore future business models for local journalism and how Government legislation should ensure that all players in the news ecosystem are operating on a level playing field.  

Challenges recruiting and retaining local journalists, as well as relationships with public service broadcasters, are also likely to be discussed. 


Tuesday 17 May 2022 

from 10.00    

  • Owen Meredith, CEO, News Media Association  
  • Martin Steers, Co-Founder, UK Community Radio Network 
  • David Powell, Co-Founder, Local TV Network 

from approximately 11.00 

  • Jonathan Heawood, Executive Director, Public Interest News Foundation 
  • Michelle Stanistreet, General Secretary, National Union of Journalists 
  • Adam Cantwell-Corn, Co-Founder, The Bristol Cable

Further information

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