Reports

Nov 2020: Breaking News

This is the report for the House of Lords Communications and Digital Committee‘s Inquiry into the Future of Journalism – including a significant section strongly supporting charitable status for journalism.

Feb 2019: The Cairncross Review

The final report of Dame Cairncross’s review into the status of journalism in the UK, which recommends charitable status for journalism – which the government encouraged in its initial response (Feb 2019), but not in its final response (Jan 2020), accompanied by this guidance from the Charity Commission. (Here’s Dame Frances Cairncross talking with the BBC Media Show’s Amol Rajan (Feb 2019) about her findings, including the need to unlock more philanthropic support for journalism.)

2016: The impact of charity and tax law/regulation on not-for-profit news organizations

This 2016 report from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) at Oxford University included a chapter by Dr Judith Townend analysing the situation in the UK.

2012: Leveson: Advisory Group on Journalism and Charitable Status

This report to Lord Leveson as part of the Inquiry into the Culture and Ethics of the Press endorsed and reinforced the recommendation of the Lords in support of public benefit journalism.

2012: Report on the Future of Investigative Journalism

The House of Lords Select Committee on Communications made a strong recommendation here that charitable status for journalism be considered.


2011: “Is there a better structure for news providers?”

Another Reuters Institute report that suggests charitable and trust ownership might be a good answer.