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New NMA boss vows to fight for future of ‘sustainable independent journalism’

Owen MeredithThe new chief executive of the News Media Association has vowed to ensure a future for “sustainable independent journalism” after starting work in his role.

Owen Meredith has made the pledge after officially beginning work as CEO of the trade body for the regional and national press.

Owen, pictured, has joined the NMA from the Professional Publishers Association, where he was also CEO.

His appointment came following the retirement of David Newell.

Owen said: “This is an incredibly exciting and important time to be joining the NMA and I am thrilled to be doing so. With a raft of important legislation on the horizon, the NMA has a vital role in advocating for press freedom and quality journalism.

“An independent, free and plural press is vital for democracy and the future of our country. Whether national, regional, or local the news brands the NMA represents are investing in reliable journalism read by 92pc of adults in the UK, providing vital sources of trusted information in an age of disinformation and fake news.

“While news brands are reaching more people than ever before across print and digital platforms, the commercial reality is funding this vital journalism is increasingly challenging.

“We therefore welcome the Government’s commitment to delivering a level playing field that allows fair competition and brings tech giants who abuse their scale and power to heel, not least through the creation of the Digital Markets Unit.

“I look forward to working with the Government to ensure the legal and regulatory framework delivers fairness, promotes competition and supports sustainable independent journalism.”