Theresa May has announced a review into the future of the newspaper industry, warning that the closure of hundreds of titles was a “threat to our democracy”.
In a speech in Manchester, she warned that the decline of the “credible” news providers left the public “susceptible to news, the not to be trusted”.
Be investigated in a sustainable funding models for the press at the national, regional and local level.
The Prime Minister said that quality journalism is a “force for good”.
“Good journalism provides the information and analyses we need to inform our points of view and the implementation of a real discussion,” she said.
“It is a tremendous force for good. But in the last few years, especially in the local journalism we have seen declining circulations, the erosion of the local editors, and fears for the future of the sustainability of high-quality journalism.”
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Research by Press Gazette in December of 2016, found that 46 regional and local titles had closed in the preceding 18 months, with large players such as Trinity Mirror and Johnston Press under these shutdown or a merger with an established title.
The journal said there were 198 less regional and local titles as in the year 2005.
“Here in Greater Manchester, several local Newspapers were closed, including the Salford Advertiser, the Trafford advertising, said advertisers and Wilmslow Express”, Mrs may.
“This is dangerous for our democracy. If trusted and credible go back to the news sources, we can be prone to news that is frivolous.”
The assessment, the Chairman will, at the appropriate time, will consider whether the content providers, receive a fair share of digital advertising and revenue, how your data is collected, is collected and distributed through social media platforms like Facebook and Google.
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It is also a view on “low quality news” and the prevalence of “clickbait” – a term used to describe sensational online headlines designed to for sites – and whether the “commercial incentives” impulses for practice can be addressed traffic.
It is also about what can be the role of government in maintaining a diverse and vibrant media landscape, or whether solutions should be left up to the industry.
The News Media Association, said sustainable business models to journalism to be found to ensure the survival of the local.
“Through the use of digital platforms, news content is more widely consumed than ever, but the revenue to support the investment in the quality of the content in question,” said the Chairman, David Dinsmore.
Many of the national papers have seen sharp declines in their print circulation in the last few years, as more and more people access the news online.
The Independent closed its print edition in the year 2016, while the Guardian and the Observer recently went tabloid to reduce as part of a movement, the newspaper, the losses, the following other titles such as the Times.
In the midst of speculation about further consolidation in the sector, the group is currently in talks to buy the Daily Express, Sunday Express and Daily Star, Richard Desmond, Northern & Shell.