News Media Association chairman confident UK government will act on Big Tech this year

Regional press decline can be stopped if it gets level playing field with Big Tech


News Media Association chairman Danny Cammiade believes legislation will come this year in the U.K. which could enable Australia-style deals between publishers and Big Tech.

In Australia and Canada the threat of legislation has forced Google and others to hand over licensing fees worth more than £100m a year to publishers in each territory. In the larger U.K. publishing economy, such deals could be worth much more.

It is a drop in the ocean compared to the more than £15bn Google and Facebook alone make from U.K. advertising, compared to around £1bn in advertising revenue for combined national and regional news brands. But such a deal would provide a badly needed shot in the arm for the industry.

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