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Trib Total Media CEO to Testify Before Senate Subcommittee on Newspaper Industry Challenges

Trib Total Media President and CEO Jennifer Bertetto will testify before a U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Wednesday about the challenges facing the news industry.

Bertetto will address the Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust and Consumer Rights, led by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. The hearing relates to a bill to help news publishers at a time when most Americans consume news through digital platforms.

Klobuchar – with U.S. Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., and U.S. Representatives David Cicilline, DR.I., and Ken Buck, RN.Y. — introduces the Journalism Preservation and Competition Act, which would allow news publishers to bargain collectively with digital platforms.

“We must allow news outlets to negotiate on a level playing field with big tech companies if we are to preserve a strong and independent press,” Klobuchar said. “This bipartisan legislation will improve the quality of reporting and ensure journalists are able to continue their critical work. Our media needs a fighting chance when negotiating fair treatment by the digital platforms where so many Americans consume their news.

Nearly 90% of Americans get information on a smartphone, computer or tablet, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted last year. This dwarfs the number of people who consume news via television, radio or print media.

Facebook and Google account for the majority of online referrals to news sources, and the companies control the majority of the online advertising market.

The legislation aims to address that imbalance, offering a 48-month window for companies to negotiate fair terms that would return subscription and advertising dollars to publishers and protect Americans’ right to access quality information.

The hearing will be broadcast live beginning at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Julia Felton is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Julia at 724-226-7724, [email protected] or via Twitter .