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Radio boss champions role of local journalism

Martin Steers is pictured during his appearance before the Select Committee

The station manager of Northampton radio station NLive Radio has given oral evidence to the DCMS Select Committee on the sustainability of local journalism.

Martin Steers was representing the UK Community Radio Network, of which he is a co-founder.

The committee opened its inquiry in February to examine the challenges facing local news organisations and what support they need in order to maintain their democratic function. Mr Steers, alongside News Media Association chief executive Owen Meredith and David Powell, chair at Local TV Network, gave evidence about local journalism on community radio stations and the issues that may impact its future.

Mr Steers said: “It was a nervous but a worthwhile experience, expressing the concerns of the community radio sector regarding the sustainability of journalism. Our thoughts, comments and input seemed to be well received by the Select Committee, and I hope it can help start further conversations to secure more opportunities for the sector.”

He also met several MPs including Northampton South’s Andrew Lewer, to discuss NLive Radio and its plans to bring digital radio to Northampton.

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