15 Apr 2020

Covid-19: Media rescue package to come, govt says

From Checkpoint, 5:12 pm on 15 April 2020

The government says a "triage" rescue package for commercial media will be announced within the next week - focusing on immediate needs to help them survive the Covid-19 crisis. Bleeding revenue and having to shed staff; media organisations today pleaded with the government to stop advertising on Facebook and Google. The Prime Minister said "no". Commentators and media bosses have warned the Epidemic Response Committee today that without support and broader reform, the industry - which was already facing severe headwinds - may not survive in a way that ensures a robust democracy. Political reporter Yvette McCullough has the story.