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Competition issues in News Media and Digital Platforms

 

 3 December 2021  Zoom

The internet represents a great potential for the news industry, and digital platforms increasingly contribute to the online distribution of news content.

However, many news publishers largely depend on digital platforms as key sources of traffic, and concerns have emerged regarding terms on which news content may be distributed and monetised. Digital platforms also changed news consumption, filtering and bundling content through algorithms.

In December 2021, the OECD discussed key questions that competition authorities are increasingly facing when considering competitive dynamics in these markets, in particular with regard to the commercial relationship between digital platforms and news publishers.

It explored the use and monetisation of news content, and the collection and use of users’ data, as well as digital platforms’ impact on news consumption and on incentives to amplify viral content (and potentially mis- and dis-information), considering whether these issues can be addressed through competition law.

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» Read the Background Note 

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2022 OECD COMPETITION OPEN DAY

On 23 February 2022, competition issues in news media and digital platforms will be addressed at the fourth edition of the OECD Competition Open Day.

Learn more about this event open to the public!

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Invited speakers

Andrea Prat

Professor, Richard Paul Richman Center for Business at Columbia Business School and Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Columbia University

Derek Wilding Bio 

Co-Director, Centre for Media Transition, Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney

Helen Jenkins Bio 

Managing Partner, Oxera 

 

Videos

Derek Wilding on digital platforms, news media and the role of competition law

Helen Jenkins and the economic issues in distribution of news through digital platforms

Documents

OECD Background Note (also available in French)

 

Contributions from delegations

Australia

Austria

Germany

Japan

Mexico

Spain

United States

Russian Federation

Chinese Taipei

BIAC

Summaries of contributions

Presentations

 

 

Related best practice roundtables

Competition enforcement and regulatory alternatives(2021)

Data portability, interoperability and competition (2021)

Competition in digital advertising markets (2020)

Competition economics in digital ecosystems (2020)

Abuse of dominance in digital markets (2020)

Consumer data rights and competition (2020)

Quality considerations in zero-price economy (2018)

The digital economy (2012)

See also

The Development and Diffusion of Digital Content (2012)

News in the Inernet Age (2010)

OECD best practice roundtables on competition

Digital economy, innovation and competition

More OECD work on competition

 

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