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January 17, 2008

Sports journalists debate the fate of their trade in a digital age

By Patrick

Top sports journalists and academics will debate the threat posed by digital media to their profession at a summit at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston later this month.

The Journalism Leaders’ Forum will tackle the subject on 29 January and the event’s chairman, Charlie Lambert, veteran BBC North West sports reporter, says sports journalists are in danger of losing control of the news in the face of powerful wealthy clubs and stars.

He thinks that now big teams such as Manchester United and Chelsea now have their own media to report news (both have cable TV channels, monthly magazines and hugely popular websites), the way professional journalists deal mwith this is one of the key challenges facing them.

Other panelists include BBC Sports editor Mihir Bose, Phil Townsend, the director of communications at Manchester United.

The event is free and open to the public. To attend, RSVP to DJWilliams1@uclan.ac.uk. If you can’t be there in person, you can view it online.

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