Gordon Brown: We can't allow a monopoly in local news


Today’s Digital Britain report will help “develop and sustain” a thriving regional news landscape, prime minister Gordon Brown said today.

Writing in the Times ahead of the publication of Lord Carter’s report at about 3.30pm, Brown said: “We must develop and sustain public service content, such as commercial regional news, which we all value and rely on, ensuring that it can be delivered across multiple digital outlets by a range of providers accessible to all.

“These are difficult times for local newspapers, TV and radio and, as Ofcom has said, a regionalised TV news network is no longer financially viable.

“However, competition in news – as in business – is vital to provide consumers with the highest quality and we cannot allow a monopoly to take root.

“Remaining in touch with local issues and holding councils and regional bodies to account is the lifeblood of our democracy.”

PressGazette.co.uk will have full coverage of the Digital Britain report, and your reaction to it, later this afternoon.

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