Day: July 25, 2020

Business events and conferences in England given go ahead to resume from October

Business events, conferences and events centres will be given the go ahead to reopen on 1 October adhering to social distancing, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced today.

Provided levels of infection remain at current rates, this will see the return of the sector worth approximately £32.6 billion to the UK each year.

The sector represented a quarter of the 38 million international visits to the UK in 2018 and provides a welcome boost to visitor numbers during the off peak tourist season.

Following the announcement today, a number of pilots will take place at event venues across the country to plan for a return to large-scale events and test how best to implement social distancing practises. Details of these pilots will be finalised in partnership with the sector in the coming weeks.

New guidance, published by the Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport and the Association of Event

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Google contributes millions to journalism amid pandemic

Google has poured more than $39.5 million into journalism since the pandemic began.

The finances have been allocated across 5,600 in 115 countries as part of the Google News Initiative Journalism Emergency Relief Fund.

“When COVID-19 was turning the world upside down, we didn’t know what to expect,” said Google News Initiative Innovation head Ludovic Blecher. “The intent was simple: help address a very real need from local publishers and news sites globally that are facing financial hardship as a result of the economic and advertising downturn.”

However, although the funding has helped newsrooms, it also highlights the news industry’s growing dependence on advertising revenues.

Blecher further added that Google received 12,000 applications for the fund.

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