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Undercurrents is a regular podcast series featuring interviews with Chatham House experts - and others - about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society. Hosted by staff from across the institute, each episode goes in-depth on a topic, looking beyond the news to explore the issues shaping global politics.

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Oct 19, 2020

Future-Proofing Media Freedom, the new mini-series on the Undercurrents podcast feed, is a collaboration between Chatham House, Luminate, and the International Center for Journalists. Presented by Ben Horton, host of the Undercurrents podcast, and Dr Julie Posetti, Global Director of Research at the ICFJ, the series explores the challenges facing public interest media in the 21st century and highlights how a range of actors are seeking to tackle them.

The rise of the major social media platforms and the internet-driven proliferation of news and analysis which is free at the point of delivery, has fundamentally undermined traditional media business models. From the controversies over the BBC licence fee model, to the slow death of local news outlets, the economic strain has rarely felt more pressing. Beyond advertising and subscription business models, what solutions exist to ensure the survival of independent media organisations? 

To answer this question, Ben and Julie are joined by Joyce Barnathan (President of the International Center for Journalists), Nishant Lalwani (Managing Director of Luminate) and Renata Rizzi (founder and strategy lead of Nexo, a Sao Paolo-based news start-up).


Speakers: Joyce Barnathan, Nishant Lalwani, Renata Rizzi

Hosts: Ben Horton, Julie Posetti

Editor: Jamie Reed

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