Guardian Media Group

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Lobbying Costs


Financial year: Mar 2015 - Mar 2016

Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)

0.25 Fte (1)

Lobbyists with EP accreditation


High-level Commission meetings


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  • Info

    Guardian Media Group   (GMG)

    EU Transparency Register

    454141617464-43 First registered on 22 May 2015

    Goals / Remit

    Guardian Media Group (GMG) is one of the UK’s leading commercial media organisations. Wholly owned by The Scott Trust Ltd, which exists to secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity, GMG is one of the few British-owned newspaper companies and is one of Britain's most successful global digital businesses, with operations in the USA and Australia and a rapidly growing audience around the world.

    GMG’s core business is Guardian News & Media (GNM), publisher of and the Guardian and Observer newspapers. As well as being a leading national quality newspaper, the Guardian and The Observer have championed a highly distinctive, open approach to publishing on the web and have sought global audience growth.

    In 2014, the Guardian was named newspaper and website of the year at the Society of Editors UK Press Awards and is the most trusted news source in the UK (Ofcom digital media report, 2014). In May 2015 it won Website of the Year, Editorial Campaign of the Year, App of the Year and Product Team of the Year at the British Media Awards. Its journalistic excellence was also recognised when it became the first news organisation of non-US origin to receive the Pulitzer Prize for its investigation into NSA surveillance. The Guardian is also known for its globally acclaimed investigation into phone hacking, the launch of its groundbreaking digital-first strategy in 2011 and its trailblazing partnership with WikiLeaks in 2010.

    In 2011, GMG launched its ‘digital first’ business strategy, with the aim of transforming itself into a world-leading converged-media company. since has grown to become the world’s second largest quality English-language newspaper website in the world, with over 120 million unique browsers each month. Since launching its US and Australia digital editions in 2011 and 2013 respectively, traffic from outside of the UK now represents two-thirds of the Guardian's total digital audience. The Guardian now attracts over 30 million readers in the US, and - two years after opening its Sydney office - commands a 21% share of the Australian news market, as the country’s 4th most popular newspaper site brand. Around 25% of the Guardian's traffic now comes from continental European countries.

    Main EU files targeted

    - Securing a strong media plurality framework that enables independent news publishers such as the Guardian to thrive
    - To ensure that the digital economy is structured in a way which enables digital news publishers to build sustainable business models, including receiving fair reward for the investment they make in high quality journalistic content
    - To maintain the ability of our journalists to write and research investigative stories that shine light on the practices of individuals, companies and the state
    - To maintain freedom of expression for all individuals across Europe and the world
    - To ensure that states which practice surveillance on journalists, citizens and civil society more broadly are held accountable to the people who elect them
    - To contribute to the Commission's work around the creation of a Digital Single Market, and its accompanying work on the role of digital intermediaries in the new economy
    - To look at how media regulation - including press regulation - needs to evolve in a digital environment, specifically with a view to feeding in to the upcoming revisions to the AVMS Directive


    Head Office
    90 York Way
  • People

    Total lobbyists declared


    Employment timeLobbyists

    Lobbyists (Full time equivalent)


    Lobbyists with EP accreditation

    No lobbyists with EP accreditations

    Complementary Information

    None declared

    Person in charge of EU relations

    Mr Matt Rogerson (Head of Public Policy)

    Person with legal responsibility

    Mr Richard Kerr (Chief Financial Officer)

  • Categories


    II - In-house lobbyists and trade/business/professional associations


    Companies & groups

  • Networking


    None declared

    Member organisations

    None declared

  • Financial Data

    Closed financial year

    Mar 2015 - Mar 2016

    Lobbying costs for closed financial year


    Other financial info

    None declared

  • EU Structures

    Groups (European Commission)




    Groups (European Parliament)

    European Publishers' Council
    News Media Europe

    Communication activities


    Other activities

    None declared

  • Meetings


    3 meetings found. Download meetings

    The list below only covers meetings held since November 2014 with commissioners, their cabinet members or directors-general at the European Commission; other lobby meetings with lower-level staff may have taken place, but the European Commission doesn't proactively publish information about these meetings. For more information about which commissioner is responsible for which portfolio, check out this link: All information below comes from European Commission web pages.

    • Date 25 Jan 2016 Location Brussels
      Subject Copyright
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Andrus Ansip
      Portfolio Digital Single Market
      • Juhan Lepassaar (Cabinet member)
      • Stig Joergen Gren (Cabinet member)
    • Date 25 Jan 2016 Location Brussels
      Subject Copyright
      DG Günther Oettinger
      • Günther Oettinger (Commissioner)
      Other Lobbyists
    • Date 20 May 2015 Location Brussels
      Subject DSM
      Cabinet Cabinet of Vice-President Andrus Ansip
      Portfolio Digital Single Market
      • Juhan Lepassaar (Cabinet member)
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