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Spectator, New Statesman editors to face questions from Peers


Do journalists pay too much attention to Twitter? How can the media recruit and retain more people from under-represented backgrounds?

These are among likely questions when the editors of The Spectator and New Statesman magazines, an ITV news presenter and a former No10 communications director appear before Peers tomorrow (Tuesday 16 June).

In an evidence session on the future of journalism to be broadcast live on Parliament TV, the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee will hear from:

At 3 p.m.

  • Fraser Nelson, Editor, The Spectator
  • Jason Cowley, Editor, New Statesman

Possible questions and topics for discussion include:

  • What are the medium- to long-term prospects for UK magazines and how can they remain profitable?
  • How could public policy better support the financial sustainability of UK journalism?
  • How could the industry recruit and retain more people from under-represented backgrounds?
  • How could public policy and public bodies better support journalism?

At 4 p.m.

  • Sir Robbie Gibb, former BBC broadcast journalist and former Downing Street Director of Communications
  • Julie Etchingham, presenter of ITV News at Ten and Tonight

Possible questions and topics for discussion include:

  • How could broadcast journalism be made more accessible to people from under-represented backgrounds?
  • How can journalists appeal to and reflect the concerns of all audiences, including working class and non-metropolitan?
  • Do journalists pay too much attention to Twitter?
  • Could there be more collaboration between large and small news organisations?

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