- Published: Tuesday, 09 June 2009 13:52
- Written by Jonathan Walker
Local newspaper publishers will be giving evidence to a Commons inquiry into the state of the industry next week.
Managers from Trinity-Mirror and Johnson Press will speak to the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
I'm not sure at this stage exactly who will be representing the newspaper companies.
The proceedings, beginning at 10.30 am on Tuesday 16 June, will be streamed live at http://www.parliamentlive.tv.
The inquiry, titled The Future for Local and Regional Media, is considering issues including:
- The impact on local media of recent and future developments in digital convergence, media technology and changing consumer behaviour
- The impact of newspaper closures on independent local journalism and access to local information
- How to fund quality local journalism
- The appropriateness and effectiveness of print and electronic publishing initiatives undertaken directly by public sector bodies at the local level
- The role and effects of search engines and online content aggregators on local media
- The future of local radio and television news
- The desirability of changes to the regulatory framework for print and electronic local media, including cross-media ownership and merger regulations
- The opportunities and implications of BBC partnerships with local media
- The extent of plurality required in local media markets
- Incentives for investment in local content
- Opportunities for "ultra-local" media services