Michael Grade questioned on future for local and regional media

08 December 2009

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee will question Michael Grade, chairman of ITV, and Siôn Simon, Minister for Creative Industries, as part of its inquiry into the future of local and regional media. Watch live from 10.30am.

The witnesses are:

10.30am - ITV:

  • Michael Grade, Executive Chairman
  • Michael Jermey, Director of News, Current Affairs and Sport

11.30am - Department for Culture, Media and Sport:

  • Siôn Simon MP, Minister for Creative Industries
  • Keith Smith, Deputy Director of Media

The inquiry is looking at:

  • 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

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