Sen. John Kerry to hold hearings on the future of newspapers


Beginning April 30th, Sen. John F. Kerry will hold hearings in Washington on the problems facing the newspaper industry. In a letter sent to the Boston Globe’s union, Kerry wrote he wants to ensure that the “vital public service newspapers provide does not disappear.”

In recent months, a number of newspapers have either ceased daily publication or announced that they may have to stop publishing. Others have filed for bankruptcy.

“America’s newspapers are struggling to survive and while there will be serious consequences in terms of the lives and financial security of the employees involved, including hundreds at the Globe, there will also be serious consequences for our democracy where diversity of opinion and strong debate are paramount…

“The increase in media conglomerates has resulted in an increase in agenda-driven reporting and over time, if those of us who value a diversity of opinion and ideas, and are unafraid to be confronted with pointed commentary and analysis, do not act, it is a situation which will only get worse,” Kerry wrote.

You can read the rest of the story on the Boston Globe’s website.