What is the NMA doing about it?
The NMA believes that news media publishers should be allowed to compete in a fair marketplace which does not include taxpayer-funded state competitors. The industry successfully campaigned for new rules preventing local authorities from publishing council newspapers more often than quarterly and looks forward to these being enforced by the Government.
The NMA will be contributing to in the BBC Charter renewal process and articulating the concerns of member publishers throughout that process. The industry has already won assurances that the BBC will not overextend its local services into the territory of local media publishers and is exploring ways the BBC could co-exist with local news media providers in a mutually beneficial way through pilot schemes and trials.