Can’t you just smell the subsidy coming here?

The rise of so-called “fake news” means it is “vital” that high-quality journalism is supported, the Culture Secretary has said as he launched the latest stage of an inquiry into press sustainability.

Matt Hancock said a “fearless and independent press” is one of the foundation stones of democracy, but has been undermined by “dramatic technological changes”.

New research shows revenues from circulation and print advertising have fallen from £7 billion to just over £3 billion over the last decade as Facebook, Google and other websites have swallowed up an ever greater share of advertising spend.

At the same time, a Government review has highlighted “the role and impact of digital search engines…

They’re going to try and tax that digital side to support that legacy media. You can just taste the thought, can’t you?

All British media in a BBC style financial straightjacket.

Media plurality my arse.

11 comments on “Can’t you just smell the subsidy coming here?

  1. Apart from 2-3(?) million womi trash nobody wants leftist propaganda.

    So the scum of BluLabour are taking your money and buying it in and screw what you want.

  2. New research shows revenues from circulation and print advertising have fallen from £7 billion to just over £3 billion

    ‘Just over £3bn’ being the amount the government awards the BBC/Ch 4 from the telly tax. (The BBC gets another billion or so from sales of rights, DVDs and whatnot.)

    When select committees and other collections of prodnoses sit in judgment over the Meeja, no one ever mentions the elephant in the room – the overweening power and reach of the BBC. But, of course, they are terrified of it.

    Roy Greenslade in the Guardian puffed the idea that goodthink newspapers such as, er, the Guardian should be be funded by a tax on Google and Facebook. It was howled down at the time, even by lefties. For one thing, who decides which titles to support?

    I expect this proposal to meet with a similar fate. The fact that Matt Hancock is promoting it should be the final nail in its coffin.

  3. ‘it is “vital” that high-quality journalism is supported’

    When I find some, I’ll support it.

    The fact is, the purveyors of fake news feel no guilt, and simply use the term to tar their opposition.

    “Journalism: a profession whose business it is to explain to others what it personally does not understand.” – Alfred Harmsworth, founder of the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror

  4. Rob–because the FFC IS a sworn enemy of conservatives everywhere. Womi scum that she and her gang are.

  5. @Gamecock:

    “Journalism: a profession whose business it is to explain to others what it personally does not understand.” – Alfred Harmsworth, founder of the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror

    “Rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read” – Frank Zappa, 1980.

    Seems to have spread into all areas of journalism in the following 38 years.

  6. Here in Ireland, the state broadcaster is once again declaring an operational loss, even though it receives TV license fees and advertising spend. The “solution” being bandied around is to change the TV license from being levied on television receivers, to a “digital” license fee on every household.

    After the absolute drek that RTE do broadcast, they still find 10 million Euro to support 3 orchestras.

  7. They’re going to try and tax that digital side to support that legacy media. You can just taste the thought, can’t you?

    No need—the EU is going to lead the way with the recently adopted Copyrights Directive…

    DK

  8. “Seems to have spread into all areas of journalism in the following 38 years.”

    ‘means it is “vital” that high-quality journalism is supported’

    It is journalists who tell us journalism is sanctified. It is base. Meritorious journalism died with Perry White.

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