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The future of news

July 2021


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


When it happened…


Monday, 12 July 2021


What delegates came to discuss…


This conference will examine the future of news provision in the UK in light of ongoing regulatory developments, and the potentially transformative effect of emerging news sources and new entrants.


The discussion is taking place following the establishment of the Digital Markets Unit, which will look at the relationship between platforms and content providers. It also follows the precedent set by the recent news media bargaining code in Australia for addressing perceived power imbalances between news businesses and large digital platforms.


This seminar also follows renewed discussion on news ethics prompted by the Dyson report on the interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, conducted by Martin Bashir.


We are very pleased to be able to include in this conference keynote sessions with Francesca Unsworth, Director, News and Current Affairs, BBC; Emily Bell, Leonard Tow Professor of Journalism, Columbia University; Creina Chapman, Deputy Chair and CEO, Australian Communications and Media Authority - as well as contributions from Google, Facebook, The Guardian Foundation, Independent Press Standards Organisation, ITN, the LSE, Oliver and Ohlbaum Associates, and The Bristol Cable.


The chairs are: Andy Carter MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Media Group; and Baroness Grender, Member, House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee.


The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:


  • the relationship between the public and news
  • regulatory priorities for digital news media
  • the economic impact of social media, new entrants, and issues with monetising content
  • challenges for print and local media sectors
  • the role of the BBC

Who attended…


Officials from the Cabinet Office; the Competition and Markets Authority; DCMS; the Intellectual Property Office and Ofcom.


Representatives from 3 Monkeys Zeno; Advertising Association; BBC; Cardiff University; Centre for Media Monitoring; dmgmedia; Enders Analysis; Falmouth University; GDI; Goldsmiths University of London; Google; Information Commissioner's Office; ITV; McCann FitzGerald; Microsoft; Professional Publishers Association; Regent University; Rocket Sports Internet; S4C; Schibsted; SWEN.CO; The London School of Economics; The Media Society; Thomson Foundation and Voice of the Listener & Viewer.


Press: Agricultural Communications; Bonhill Group; Broadcast Magazine; Journalism.co.uk; Legal Cheek; NAB Amplify; Newsquest Scotland; Press Gazette and Satellite Evolution Group.



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles