Sunday, November 12, 2006

Local Newspapers stringers for the Beeb

BBC director general Mark Thompson speaking at the Society of Editors conference promised that online local TV would work in "partnership" with local newspapers, and even pay them for content.

"But in the words of one regional newspaper executive, the most constructive thing Thompson could have said would have been: "We're not going to do it."

"Thompson told the Glasgow conference this week: "In addition to our own local and regional newsrooms, we want to draw on the newsgathering clout of the UK's local and regional newspapers — and we'll pay for it.

"That means a revenue stream, but also visibility and credit on the BBC's new local service."

Not to mention an extra outlet for the video content generated by local newspaper reporters.