In February, Johnston Press acquired the i for £24 million.

The BBC and the News Media Association announced the ground-breaking Local News Partnership to boost local journalism in the UK. The scheme will see the BBC invest £8 million annually in a series of initiatives including 150 Local Democracy Reporters employed by local papers, a shared data journalism unit, and a facility allowing local news providers access to local BBC material. 

The Government pulled back from a draconian clampdown on Freedom of Information laws after a sustained campaign by the news media industry.