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Local Press

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will commission research into the (a) financial viability of local newspapers and (b) number of journalists employed by local newspapers in each of the last five years. (274238)

There are no plans by Government to commission this research. However, on 28 April I hosted a local media summit involving key figures from across the media industry to discuss the challenges facing local newspapers and explore how we can support the local media industry in meeting these challenges so that it can continue to thrive in the future. These discussions will feed into the final Digital Britain report to be published by the Government in the summer.