A pandemic, a recession, Brexit and across the Atlantic, a tumultuous farewell to Trump. The last year has contained a decade’s worth of news, coloured by our increased reliance on the digital world for connection. In Europe, a shrinking economy is posing further obstacles to the already fragmented print, broadcast and digital industries. A fall in advertising, accelerated by lockdowns, has prompted executives and funders to look more carefully at subscriber-centric models while seeking new digital revenue sources. Regulators, in the meantime, are trying to find fair ways to contain the dominance of large technology companies, which could have an impact on how news is disseminated.

The FT Future of News conference provides a vital forum to analyse the challenges and potential solutions for the industry’s on-going survival and relevance in these unprecedented contexts.

How will the news industry stay in business, and find new revenue to support quality reporting?

Should regulators enforce a level playing field between new providers and tech platforms, and will interventions on free expression help or hurt society?

What will entice readers to pay for news?

How can we ensure that bold moves governing free expression now, do not have unintended consequences later?

Svetlana Stavreva, President, IPRA
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