HomeInsightsCairncross review into sustainability of high-quality UK journalism seeks evidence on threats to press

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The independent review, chaired by Dame Frances Cairncross, was commissioned by the Prime Minister in January 2018 to look at ways to safeguard the future of the UK’s free, independent and high-quality news in the digital age.

The Review is heading to Brussels on a fact-finding mission to explore threats to the sustainability of the news industry as a Europe-wide problem.  The aim is to seek to understand what European governments are doing to protect the creation and consumption of accurate and financially sustainable journalism.  The panel will speak to key stakeholders, including from the European Publishers’ Council and representatives of the Digital Economy in the European Commission.

With her final recommendations to Government and industry expected in the new year, Dame Frances is particularly keen to gauge views in Europe on the buying and selling of advertising online and whether this could be made more transparent, as well as the appetite in the EU for regulation to counter the disrupting influence of online platforms on the press industry.

The Review is calling for evidence and views from both consumers and the industry itself on the issues under consideration, including how to create and support the conditions that will enable high quality journalism to continue and flourish.  For further information and details on how to respond, click here.