MPs’ report addresses crisis in local journalism

MPs on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee – a cross-party group now disbanded following the dissolution of parliament – have called for new measures to revive local journalism.

In ‘Future for local and regional media’, published on April 6th, the MPs say the Office for Fair Trading should conduct an investigation into the effect of council-run papers on local journalism. They also argue that restrictions preventing publishers from banding together to take collective action against news aggregation websites such as Google News should be lifted.

But the MPs rule out state subsidies for newspapers and urge local publishers to embrace new media technologies in order to survive.

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