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Beazley launches liability policy for SME media sector in U.S.

New York, June 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Specialist insurer Beazley has launched a new occurrence media liability policy covering the many risks faced by small to medium-sized media outlets and publishers in the United States.

The media landscape has changed considerably in the last decade. As traditional publishing and media groups have moved increasingly online, freelancers who solely publish online, including bloggers, vloggers and social influencers, are growing in number and reach. As the public looks to a wider range of sources for content, the media sector has become more crowded and awareness of the risks associated with publishing varies widely.

At its core, Beazley’s media liability policy provides professional indemnity cover written on an occurrence basis. The coverage focuses on defamation, libel & slander and infringement of copyright & trademark and includes a raft of other content-related exposures. In addition, the policy includes unintentional breach of contract with a client, and mitigation costs (sub-limited) to minimize claims escalation.

The policy also provides optional coverage for technology errors & omissions; information security and privacy; and bodily injury or property damage arising out of the publication of content. 

Angela Weaver, Beazley’s global head of media liability, said: ”The U.S. media sector is undergoing substantial changes, with the launch of new channels for publishing and broadcasting and the growing reach of bloggers, vloggers and social influencers. Freelance publishers and start-up media ventures ought to be aware that they are as liable as traditional, established media groups for the content and materials they publish or share. They face a range of exposures including defamation, intellectual property and privacy and should consider the precautions and cover they need to protect themselves against potential claims.”

“Many media businesses are diversifying and will undertake contracts for services as well as publishing or broadcasting content. Our new policy explicitly defines the breach of contract cover as well as more traditional media liability.”

Beazley’s policy covers various professionals including publishers, broadcasters, authors / journalists, bloggers, vloggers, social influencers and content creators, as well as advertising producers and advertising agencies.

Limits of up to $5 million are available on a worldwide basis.

Leading the launch is Beazley’s team of private enterprise insurance specialists across the U.S., in addition to the London market-based media liability team.

Note to editors:

Beazley plc (BEZ.L) is the parent company of specialist insurance businesses with operations in Europe, the US, Canada, Latin America and Asia. Beazley manages six Lloyd’s syndicates and in 2019 underwrote gross premiums worldwide of $3,003.9m. All Lloyd’s syndicates are rated A by A.M. Best. 

Beazley’s underwriters in the United States focus on writing a range of specialist insurance products. In the admitted market, coverage is provided by Beazley Insurance Company, Inc., an A.M. Best A rated carrier licensed in all 50 states. In the surplus lines market, coverage is provided by the Beazley syndicates at Lloyd’s.

Beazley is a market leader in many of its chosen lines, which include professional indemnity, property, marine, reinsurance, accident and life, and political risks and contingency business.

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For more information please go to:

Mairi MacDonald
Beazley Group
+44 (0)207 674 7164

Deborah Kostroun
KetchumZito Financial
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