The Queen has given her thanks to the news media and their role during the pandemic as part of Journalism Matters week.

Queen Elizabeth shared the message at the start of the week - which runs from today until Sunday, October 11.

The Queen's message read: "On the occasion of the 2020 Journalism Matters week, I am pleased to send my best wishes to the members of the News Media Association.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has once again demonstrated what an important public service the established news media provides, both nationally and regionally. As our world has changed dramatically, having trusted, reliable sources of information, particularly at a time when there are so many sources competing for our attention, is vital.

"The efforts of the news media to support communities throughout the United Kingdom during the pandemic has been invaluable - whether through fundraising, encouraging volunteering, or providing a lifeline for the elderly and vulnerable to the outside world.

"As you reflect on your achievements this year, and the challenges you have faced, I send my warm good wishes to you all for a most successful and memorable week."