Three quarters of independent news providers in the UK are at risk of closure due to COVID-19.
94% of independent news providers in the UK expect the COVID-19 crisis to have a ‘negative’ or ‘very negative’ impact on their organisation.
75% fear this might result in temporary or permanent closure.
80% do not have insurance that covers the challenges they now face.
65% do not believe that the Government recognises the role of journalism in responding to the crisis or is doing enough to help the sector right now.
They are particularly concerned about:
the loss of online advertising;
the suspension of distribution, with knock-off effects for advertising;
the loss of income from donations and subscriptions;
the suspension of complimentary business activities, which are a common source of income in this sector.
Source: survey ran in partnership by the Public Interest News Foundation (PINF), ICNN, IMPRESS and Bureau Local between 23 and 26 March 2020. Total respondents: 53 independent news providers. More about the survey.
Independent news providers include local, hyperlocal and regional newspapers and websites, alongside non-profit investigative journalism organisations and publications aimed at BAME groups or communities of interest. They are small but professional organisations, with turnover below £2m and a commitment to high standards of journalism.
They reach over 14.9 million unique visitors online every month; and have a collective print run of over 426,800.
Source: PINF / ICNN.