Key Focus

Digital Markets Unit

Last Updated: 20 October 2022

High-quality independent journalism informs and engages the public, debunks misinformation, brings together communities, and holds the powerful to account. As the biggest investors in journalism in the UK, news media publishers are the powerhouses for journalistic content, often setting the news agenda for others follow, providing a significant contribution to our democratic society.

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Sustainability of Local Journalism

Last Updated: 20 October 2022

Local journalism plays a unique and vital role in promoting democracy in local communities across the UK. Local journalists are at the heart of the communities they serve, reporting on the stories that matter most to local residents and campaigning on their behalf.

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Online Safety Bill

Last Updated: 20 October 2022

The Online Safety Bill is a large piece of legislation designed to crack down on harms propagated by the tech platforms online. The Bill introduces new rules for social media and search engines which will have a duty of care to protect users from harmful content online.

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In numbers

900

national and local news media titles are published in the UK

Source: NMA (2022)

88%

of people are reached by news brands in the UK each month

Source: PAMCo (2022)

The UK is currently 24th out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index

Source: Reporters Without Borders (2022)

Most Brits (62 per cent) believe journalists are playing a “valuable role” in covering the cost-of-living crisis

Source: Newsworks/OnePoll 2022

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