BBC, Facebook and Google face new curbs on their power over news to safeguard quality journalism

The BBC, Facebook and Google face new curbs on their power over news online following a landmark review to safeguard quality journalism.

The economist Dame Frances Cairncross suggested limits on the BBC website to stop it competing with commercial outlets on “soft” stories which are not clearly in the public interest.

She also said Facebook and Google should be regulated with a “news quality obligation” to ensure they “give more prominence to public interest news”, to improve trust in the media and public engagement in democracy.

Dame Frances’ review was commissioned by Theresa May, the Prime Minister, amid concerns about the future of quality journalism in the face of declining newspaper sales…