Westminster Media Forum

The future of news following the Cairncross Review - innovation, monetisation and digital platforms

Morning, Tuesday, 12th November 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



Please note the date of this seminar has changed.


This timely seminar will consider the way forward for the news industry in light of the Cairncross Review - including emerging trends and the future shape of the market.


Taking place as the Government consults on its response to the Review, delegates will consider its key findings and recommendations, and the next steps for policymakers, regulators and the industry.


Attendees will consider the effects of rapid changes taking place in the market for news content both in the UK and internationally.


We expect latest thinking on the business models now being employed by publishers, particularly in respect of the impact on the range and quality of content being produced.


Further discussion will consider the functioning of the digital advertising market and remuneration for news publishers in the context of the ongoing CMA market study into digital advertising and the DCMS review of the regulation of the digital advertising market.


Delegates will also examine the role of major online platforms within digital ad markets.


Areas for discussion include the extent to which these platforms are in a position of market dominance and the effect of this on the sharing of advertising revenue along the value chain.


It follows the Cairncross Review’s call for the development of new codes of conduct governing the relationships between platforms and publishers.


Further sessions will assess what steps can be taken to support the provision of high-quality journalism and public interest news at national and local levels in the UK.


This follows the new £2m pilot innovation fund announced by the Government to support public interest journalism in the UK.


Delegates will discuss proposals for tax breaks for news publishers, as well as consider the Review’s recommendation for the creation of a new Institute for Public Interest News.


Those attending will consider what funding model might be appropriate for such a body, and what roles and responsibilities it should bear.


Further discussion focuses on emerging alternative models for the production and distribution of news content.


We expect delegates to review co-operative and crowdfunded models for local news, investigative journalism and other public interest news, as well as assessing the impact so far of the Local Democracy Reporting Service.


With the Review recommending that the Government develop a national media literacy strategy, further sessions look at progress with initiatives so far and latest thinking on strategies to grow the consumption of high-quality journalism and support the public in identifying the source and provenance of online news.



Keynote Speakers

Dame Frances Cairncross

Author of the Cairncross Review and Chair of Court, Heriot-Watt University

Benedicte Autret

Head of News Partnerships, UK, Ireland, France & Benelux, Google

Keynote Speakers

Dame Frances Cairncross

Author of the Cairncross Review and Chair of Court, Heriot-Watt University

Alison Preston

Co-Director and Head of Research, Making Sense of Media Programme and Head of Media Literacy Research, Ofcom

Benedicte Autret

Head of News Partnerships, UK, Ireland, France & Benelux, Google

Chair

Lord Black of Brentwood

Deputy Chairman, Telegraph Media Group

Speakers

Phil Smith

Director General, ISBA

Jimmy Leach

Editor in Chief, HuffPost UK

Adam Cantwell-Corn

Co-Founder and Operations and Media Co-ordinator, The Bristol Cable

Helen Thomas

Director, BBC England

Michelle Stanistreet

General Secretary, National Union of Journalists

Mark Bunting

Partner, Communications Chambers

Valerie Mocker

Director, Development and European Digital Policy, Nesta

Patrick Barwise

Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing, London Business School

David Elms

UK Head of Media, KPMG