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Facebook, Google and major newspaper groups face Peers' questions


What is the balance of power between publishers and platforms? Is the relationship between them fair?

These are among likely questions tomorrow (Tuesday 23 June from 3.00 p.m.) when the publishers of newspapers including The Sun and Daily Mail and representatives of Facebook and Google appear before the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee

In an evidence session on the future of journalism to be broadcast live on Parliament TV, the committee will hear from:

At 3.00 p.m.

  • David Dinsmore, Chief Operating Officer, News UK
  • Peter Wright, Editor Emeritus, DMG Media

Other possible questions and topics for discussion include:

  • Is there scope for more collaboration between larger and smaller news organisations? 
  • How could the BBC and other public bodies further support the industry?
  • How are journalistic skills best learned and how could public policy make it easier for those without university degrees to go into journalism?

At 4.00 p.m.

  • Edward Bowles, Director of Public Policy for Northern, Central, and Eastern Europe, Facebook
  • Tom Morrison-Bell, Government Affairs and Public Policy Manager, Google

Other possible questions and topics for discussion include:

  • Do your platforms profit from carrying news from publishers and, if so, why do you not pay publishers for the right to carry their content?
  • How do you ensure that original news sources are more prominent than re-reporting by other outlets?
  • How could public policy better support media literacy?

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