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Does Business News No Longer Make for a Good Business?

Featuring Richard Lambert, Marc Reeves and David Arnott
Chaired by BBC Media Correspondent Torin Douglas

Date: Wednesday 14th October
Time
: 9.00 - 10.15 am
Venue
: International Digital Laboratory, University of Warwick
Booking: Booking has now closed for this event

Recent times have seen many dramatic business news headlines but the business of business news itself is experiencing unsettling times with markets fracturing, formats faltering and once ‘free’ news content moving behind pay walls.

The rise of new TV channels and programmes may have won new audiences for the business of business, but they have also fractured existing audiences. The web and social media have further undermined traditional print media models for business news and have diluted their advertising revenue.

The negative results of these pressures are plain to see. Some business news providers are moving previously free web based content behind subscription barriers and The Birmingham Post, one of only a small number of regional morning newspapers targeting the business community, has announced that it may have to move from being daily to weekly.  At a time when many businesses are desperately rebuilding trust with their customers can we afford to lose such longstanding titles and established sources of news? 

The University of Warwick is bringing four leading media figures together in a special event to share their hopes and fears for the future of business media. CBI Head and former Financial Times Editor Richard Lambert; BBC Media Correspondent Torin Douglas (Chair); Marc Reeves, the Editor of the Birmingham Post and David Arnott, Associate Professor of Marketing and e-business at Warwick Business School will discuss these issues with an audience of opinion formers and business leaders from across the Midlands.

The event will take place in the University of Warwick’s International Digital Laboratory on Wednesday 14 October from 9.00-10.15am. Registration will open at 8.30am where refreshments and breakfast will be available, refreshments will also be served after the event.

Please note, this is a closed event, aimed at the business and media community.  Booking for this event has now closed and no places will be available on the day.