Is a levy on digital advertising the answer to the media's woes?

Is a levy on digital advertising the answer to the media's woes?
The impending closure of Newshub is yet another sign that all is not well for legacy media. (Image: NZME)
Daniel Dunkley
The impending closure of Newshub and job cuts at TVNZ are the latest signs of market failure in the news media, with pressure building on the government to intervene in the sector. One plan to save the industry, Labour’s Fair Digital News Bargaining Bill, looks doomed to failure, raising urgent questions about the credible alternatives.National has for months signalled its opposition to the online news bill, with Melissa Lee – now media minister – labelling it before the election as a “tax”. The bill, whi...

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