Jeremy Hunt and David Cameron have launched plans to help struggling local newspapers up and down the country.
The proposals will reduce bureaucratic regulations around the ownership of local newspapers and allow local newspapers to consolidate, both with each other and across platforms into online, TV and radio.
This will give local newspapers the freedom to adapt to the digital world and develop new business models for the future - and it will encourage local newspaper groups to invest in ultra local television services.
David stressed, "Local papers are closing and staff are being made redundant in the face of falling advertising revenue and competition from the internet and local authority free sheets. That's why today the Conservative Party is going to announce plans to sweep away the bureaucratic rules that mean that a rigid law decides who owns what bits of the media in local communities."
Jeremy, the Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, added, "It is now time to allow new industry models to emerge that will encourage investment not just in local papers but local online services and new local TV companies."
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