UK media receives more state aid than France and Italy

The UK Press has one of the highest levels of public funding in Europe.

The UK Press receives hundreds of millions of pounds in indirect subsidies from the government and has one of the highest levels of public funding in Europe, according to a new report.

A study by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) claimed that in 2008 the UK press received £594m of indirect support in the form of VAT-exemptions for copy and subscription sales in the UK.

And it also suggests that the government should look at extending VAT-exempt status to digital news outlets.

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