Future of local media inquiry hears from Google UK

03 December 2009

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee questions Matt Brittin, Managing Director of Google UK, as part of its inquiry into the future for local and regional media. Watch live from 10.30 am

The witnesses are:


  • Matt Brittin, managing director, Google UK


  • Paul Bradshaw, lecturer in journalism, Birmingham University

The inquiry is investigating:

  • 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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