Jeremy Paul Wright QC is an English Conservative Party politician and lawyer who was Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland from 2014 to 2018, and has served as Culture Secretary since July 2018.
A regulator should oversee tech giants like Google and Facebook to ensure their news content is trustworthy, a government-backed Report has suggested.
The Cairncross Review into The Future of UK news said such sites should help users identify fake news and "nudge people towards news of high quality".
The review also said Ofcom should assess the BBC's impact on online news on other providers.
Such a body, it said, could work in a similar way to the Arts Council , channelling public and private funding to "those parts of the industry it deemed most worthy of support".The Report said Facebook and Google need to give more prominence to public interest news
The Independent review, undertaken by former journalist Dame Frances Cairncross, was tasked with investigating the sustainability of high-quality journalism.
Its recommendations include measures to tackle "the uneven balance of power" between news publishers and online platforms that distribute their content.
Services such as Facebook, Google and Apple should continue their attempts to help readers understand how reliable a story is, and The Process that decides which stories are shown should be more transparent, it says.
Dame Frances told the BBC's media editor Amol Rajan that "draconian and risky" measures could result in firms such as Google withdrawing their news services altogether.
"But they are mostly ways that don't immediately involve legislation. "BBC's impact
The review was not asked to comment specifically on the BBC But concluded that curtailing The Corporation 's news offering would be counter-productive after hearing arguments from other publishers that the BBC reporting on so-called "soft content" online was crowding out other news providers.
The review noted that the BBC Charter states The Corporation should endeavour to reach all demographics, and that stories of this type are essential to appeal to an increasingly elusive younger audience.
The BBC also argues that "soft content" stories may attract users who might then click onwards to a public-interest news story.
The review said the BBC was delivering high quality journalism But suggested it "could do more and think more carefully about how its news provision can act as a complement, rather than a substitute, for private news provision".
Dame Frances also recommended an exploration of the market impact of Bbc News , conducted by broadcasting regulator Ofcom, to find whether it is 'striking The Right balance' and driving traffic to other, commercial providers.
Shadow Culture Secretary Tom Watson urged the government to tackle Google and Facebook's "duopoly" in the digital advertising market, and said Dame Frances was "barking up the wrong tree" in recommending an inquiry into the BBC's online news output.
He told BBC Radio 4 's Today programme: "It seems to me that at a time when large American media companies - the likes of Netflix and the rest of it - are going to come to dominate in The World , for the BBC to be cutting back on anything will be a mistake.
"The importance of the BBC is going to grow in the next 10 years, not decline. "
Frances Cairncross earned widespread respect as a journalist for her hard-headed and pragmatic approach to economics.
That pragmatism is the very reason the government commissioned her to look at The Future of high-quality news - and also the reason many in local and regional media will be disappointed by her recommendations.
What is most notable about her review is what it doesn't do.
This is because the practicalities of doing these things are difficult, and experience shows that the likes of Google will simply pull out of markets that don't suit them.
There are concrete measures that could boost local news, from tax relief to an extension of The Local Democracy Reporting Service.
Ultimately, as this Report acknowledges, when It Comes to news, convenience is king. The speed, versatility and zero cost of so much news now means that, even if it is of poor quality, A Generation of consumers has fallen out of the habit of paying for news.
Other recommendations included:The Barnsley Chronicle goes to press in September 2017
The Yorkshire Post's James Mitchinson said: "The various fiscal reviews and recommendations. . Must come quickly. . if we are to turn the Cairncross Review Into Something which we look back upon as being instrumental in preserving what we do for generations to come. "
Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said some of its suggestions could be acted upon "immediately", while others would need "further careful consideration".
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