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Lib Dem peer: 'Local newspapers can become charities'

Charitable trusts may fund non-profit local newspapers.

Leading charity lawyer and Liberal Democrat peer Lord Andrew Phillips is "utterly confident" the Charity Commission will allow local newspapers to be registered as charities.

The news comes weeks after a group of journalists, academics and charitable funders announced plans to ask the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to make it easier for charitable trusts and foundations to fund not-for-profit local newspapers.

Gaining charitable status would allow newspapers funding from trusts and foundations, but the Charity Commission does not currently recognise the provision of news as a charitable activity.

Read more at the Press Gazette.