Public funds should be used to rescue local journalism, says report

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Cairncross review warns that closure of local newspapers threatens democracy

Local news coverage could disappear unless the government provides direct financial support, according to an independent report on the future of the British media, which warns the industry’s collapse poses a threat to the “long-term sustainability of democracy”.

Dame Frances Cairncross was appointed by the government last year to investigate ways to secure the future of high-quality journalism in Britain.

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