About Us

The News Media Association is the voice of national, regional and local news media organisations in the UK – a £4 billion sector read by 49.2 million adults every month in print and online.  The NMA exists to promote the interests of news media publishers to Government, regulatory authorities, industry bodies and other organisations whose work affects the industry.

Aims and objectives

The NMA will serve the shared interests of news media publishers in the UK and protect the general interests of its members in all political, legal and regulatory matters. It will promote the efficacy of newsbrands in all their forms as news and marketing media. It will be a source of information on industry issues of general concern to members. It will facilitate the sharing of best practice covering commercial, marketing and technical issues throughout the membership.

The NMA was created by the merger of the Newspaper Society and the Newspaper Publishers Association in November 2014.  Its services are under the control and guidance of its membership through its committee structure.

Management team

David Newell - chief executive

David is the NMA chief executive. He became Director of the Newspaper Society, regional newspaper trade association, in 1997 and additionally Director of the Newspaper Publishers Association, national newspaper trade association, in 2007. David oversaw the two organisations merge in 2014 to create the NMA and provide a united voice for the news media industry. David sits on industry boards including the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, Advertising Standards Board of Finance, and News Media Europe. He is a solicitor and previously was an academic at the University of Leicester and a legal advisor. He is the author of a number of books and articles on Employment Law and Law for Journalists and has received awards for his representational work for the news media industry. David was appointed an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2017 for services to the newspaper and publishing industries.

Lynne Anderson - deputy chief executive

A former journalist and editor, Lynne is the deputy chief executive of the NMA. Lynne has management and finance responsibilities for the NMA as well as responsibility for an integrated communications strategy, digital media issues, audience measurement and member services. She sits on various industry boards including the Advertising Association, the National Council for the Training of Journalists, ABC and JICREG.

Sayra Tekin - legal, policy and regulatory affairs director

Sayra is the NMA legal, policy and regulatory affairs director. Formerly at the BBC, she is an experienced litigation lawyer who has also been proactive at lobbying courts and regulators on issues which threaten press freedom. She has advised on sensitive parliamentary select committee investigations and high-profile public inquiries. Prior to the BBC, Sayra was a dispute resolution lawyer at Slaughter and May. She was awarded a first-class honours degree in law at Manchester and graduated Harvard Law School with a Master of Laws in dispute resolution and international human rights.

Company details

The Newspaper Organisation Limited, trading as News Media Association, is a private company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales. Registered office: 2nd Floor, 16 - 18 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6AG. Registered number: 08963259.

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