FTC Asks If News Media Can Survive

  • May 20, 2009
The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday that it intends to hold a series of workshops examining news media and the Web. The workshops, titled "Can News Media Survive the Internet Age? Competition, Consumer Protection, and First Amendment Perspectives," will examine how the Web has affected newspapers.

Issues up for discussion include "possible business and non-profit models for news organizations, the role of targeted behavioral and other online advertising, whether additional, limited antitrust exemptions may be necessary under these unique circumstances, and the implications of online news for both copyright protection and the availability of broadband access," the agency stated.

The first workshop is slated for Sept. 15.--Wendy Davis

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