The Conversation: Why Theresa May’s plan to save local journalism could end up benefiting media moguls
Journalism and Mass Communication 2 March 2018
Professor Barnett explained that while offering support to local publications in crisis could tackle the issues faced by local media outlets, Theresa May’s Press Review could also be “another backhander to the mainstream corporate press to keep them sweet.”
He said: “Unfortunately, the big beasts of the News Media Association have consistently lobbied against any measures that might divert resources away from their own bank accounts. […] Britain’s corporate press still wields frightening power over UK governments that is out of all proportion to their steadily dwindling circulations.”
He added: “We should not be surprised if the main beneficiaries of this review will yet again be the likes of Rupert Murdoch and the other big beast of Fleet Street.”
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