‘Like’ media convergence?

30 November 2012

On Tuesday 4 December, in the seventh evidence session of their inquiry into media convergence, the Lords Communications Committee will put questions to the Telegraph Media Group, and following on from that, to Google and Facebook.

As their product extends into ever more diverse areas of content and their fight for audiences onto increasingly international terrain, newspapers are already changing in the wake of convergence.

At 3.30pm, the Committee will question Edward Rousell, Executive Editor of Digital for the Telegraph Media Group, about the impact of these changes and the questions they raise. For example, how should the oversight of traditional newspapers fit into the wider landscape of converged media regulation?

Following on, at 4.30pm, the Committee will be hearing from:

  • Simon Milner, Policy Director at Facebook; and
  • Sarah Hunter, Head of UK Public Policy at Google.

The Committee will similarly explore the dramatic changes brought about by new digital intermediaries like Google and Facebook. What challenges and opportunities do they present for news plurality, jurisdiction and content standards, and how can the best outcomes for the UK public be ensured?

The evidence session take place at 3.30pm on Tuesday 4 December in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords and will be webcast live at www.parliamentlive.tv.

The evidence session is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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