Europe’s rich and varied media industry is at a crossroads, fighting harder than ever for an audience amid threats from political extremism, fake news, digital giants and innovative start-ups.
While the proliferation of alternative news on digital platforms has led to a fact-based renaissance for some traditional media, the extension of populism across the region is posing a new challenge, with recent research showing that a growing proportion of citizens distrust mainstream news reporting on key political and economic issues.
Meanwhile, business models are changing rapidly, with print and television forced to compete ever more intensively with social media and other digital sources -- both established platforms and new start-ups -- with significant implications for advertisers and audiences.
Where does the news industry go next? How can print, television and advertising fight back? Which segments are best prepared for growth? And what role should governments play in overseeing the media, given the impact of fake news, while also protecting against market dominance? How can independent media remain viable in countries that become hostile, or even dangerous, for journalists?
Building on the success of the inaugural event in New York, FT Future of News Europe will gather top media executives, editors, academics and business leaders from across the region to discuss the opportunities for growth in an increasingly disruptive technological, political and social landscape.