RESCHEDULED: On the media: What now for local and regional media in the UK?

Talk June 8, 2010 7:00 PM

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Tickets booked for the original date of May 19 are still valid for this event.

The media industry has never faced more uncertainty or doubt over its future than now. And nowhere is that anxiety more felt than in local and regional print and broadcast publishing.

Labour’s plans to revolutionise local TV and multimedia news by handing over TV licence fee money to "independently-funded news consortia" now looks to have been trashed by the Tory-Lib Dem government.

So after the election, we ask: what happens now to the UK’s local and regional media industry? What is the business model for newspapers, broadcast media and online-only content and can new "hyperlocal" start-ups play a role in the business models of the future?

Isinvestment in local community publishing set to pay off and can the advertising market alone sustain publishers?

Are panelists are: Richard Hooper, the former deputy chairman of Ofcom who chaired the IFNC selection panel, and Alex Connock, chief executive of multimedia production company Ten Alps; Michael Wilson, MD of UTV TV and WalesLive and Marc Reeves, editor of’s West Midlands service and a former editor of The Birmingham Post.

This event is in association with the BBC College of Journalism.