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13 January 2022

New NMA Chairman Jim Mullen Calls For Action To Level The Playing Field Between Platforms And News Publishers

The new chairman of the News Media Association Jim Mullen has called for government and regulators to take “swift and decisive action” to level the playing field between the tech platforms and news publishers, paving the way for a “truly sustainable future for journalism.”

Reach plc chief executive Mr Mullen succeeds Henry Faure Walker, Newsquest chief executive, who completed his two-year tenure as NMA chairman on 31 December 2021. Tindle Newspapers chief executive Danny Cammiade becomes NMA vice chairman.

Mr Mullen said: “Trusted news and information has never been more important than it is now and the NMA has a central role to play in helping to secure a truly sustainable future for journalism in this country.

“Fundamental to this will be working with government and regulators who must take the swift and decisive action needed to level the playing field between the tech platforms and news publishers.

“I look forward to continuing the excellent work that Henry has done to champion our sector during his time as NMA chairman.”

NMA chief executive Owen Meredith added: “I would like to thank Henry for his enormous contribution to the industry over the past two years and for all the time he has given personally to various NMA projects and initiatives.

“As we move forward, it is vital that we continue to make the case for news media which has a critical role to play in helping to tackle the profound challenges we face today as a society.”