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Monopolising local news: Is there an emerging local democratic deficit in the UK due to the decline of local newspapers?

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherKing's College London
Number of pages86
Publication statusPublished - May 2016


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[Preface] Over the last decade an increasing number of voices have raised concerns
about the decline of local news provision in the UK and its impact on
democracy. These voices have been challenged by those, particularly within
the news industry, who claim that after a difficult period of transition local
news is becoming fit for the digital age. Both claims suffer from a relative lack
of systematic evidence. Without such evidence it is more difficult to justify
existing policy interventions or alter them. Yet, as this study shows, to maintain
the status quo holds democratic, economic and social risks.
This study, which builds on recent work by both authors, aims to begin to
fill the evidence gap and, as a consequence, inform changes in public policy
regarding the provision of local news and information. It is important to note
that the references in this report to the decline of local newspapers refer to the
quantitative decline in the number and circulation of local newspapers, and do
not reflect the quality of the output or work of local journalists. This study does
not include a quantitative or qualitative analysis of local newspaper content.
This report has been reviewed by two academics with expert knowledge in
local news from outside King’s College London, and one academic within
King’s College London.

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