Nine in ten local newspaper editors are calling on the UK government to curb the influence of tech giants in the digital advertising marketplace.
In News Media Association’s (NWA) survey of local editors, 89% of respondents agreed the business practices of Google and Facebook pose ‘‘an existential threat’’ to local journalism.
Some 68% of local editors reported an increase in audience since the beginning of the pandemic.
Furthermore, a majority of local editors (49%) said press freedom and transparency were under threat from public bodies refusing information, using Covid-19 as an excuse.
Lynne Anderson, the NWA’s deputy chief executive, said: ‘‘Local editors have issued a stark warning to the government; act now to curb the tech giants or place the future of local journalism – which has served the public so effectively during the pandemic – at risk.’’