AB 5: The effort continues

This Tuesday afternoon, the CNPA push continues to convince the state legislature to protect the independent contractor status of newspaper carriers. An exemption for freelancers has already been amended into the bill.

As General Counsel Jim Ewert told the San Francisco Chronicle, “My fear is that if print revenue drops because fewer eyeballs are reading the ads, the downward spiral the industry has already experienced,” because of the internet, would increase. “The outlook is not good for sustainability.”

Chronicle Publisher Bill Nagel, in the same article: “In rural markets, home-delivered newspapers are at risk. Newspapers need the long-time, existing regulations to remain intact.”

To CNPA Members who published op-eds and house ads regarding this critical issue: Thank you.

Ewert and friends of CNPA at the Capitol continue the effort in Sacramento this week.

Meanwhile, the News Media Alliance is hosting a legislative fly-in in Washington, D.C., to promote the Journalism Competition & Preservation Act.

Bills in the House and Senate would provide a limited safe harbor for news publishers to collectively negotiate with tech platforms, such as Facebook and Google, for better business arrangements.

“Currently, the Duopoly is capturing 90 percent of all digital ad revenue growth and approximately 60 percent of total U.S. digital advertising,” the NMA said in a news release. “Like the bills’ co-sponsors, the Alliance believes the solution to this problem is to provide a safe harbor for news publishers to allow them to come together to negotiate with the platforms on their overall behalf.”

“The platforms currently benefit from using our content without paying for it,” NMA President & CEO David Chavern said. “We are hopeful that, with our members’ support, we can put an end to that and get this legislation passed in this Congress.”

Previously: Bill introduced in Congress to create anti-trust safe harbor for newspapers to deal with digital duopoly