Jeremy Hunt and the DCMS have today announced the first Local TV pioneer areas which are expected to be:
- Brighton and Hove
with a further 24 areas to follow.
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. We are interested in exploring ways that our network of #hyperlocal websites are able to work with the new Local TV channels in mutually beneficial ways. You can contact us at email@example.com if you would like to explore possible links between Local TV & Hyperlocal sites.
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So Guardian Local is to close, which is sad news. Sarah Hartley and her young team did a marvellous job for their adopted communities. I’m sure it will be a springboard for all of them to even better things. Sarah and her team have been hugely helpful to hyperlocal sites of all sorts, giving confidence and encouragement to marvellous local writers. I particularly like the way they seem to have grown and made much more visible the blog scene in their respective towns. And local websites, forums, nings, blogs all over the country run on a volunteer basis by local people will continue very much as before as the hyperlocal scene continues to thrive. Talk about local has had great fun working with Guardian Local on our wonderful unconferences and we recently gave an (un)award to Hannah Waldram for her great work in Cardiff.
The Guardian Local closure adds to the rich tapestry of hyperlocal experimentation in the UK. Guardian Local showed that you can create a distinctive local voice online that adds to the local news ecology and engages the local blogosphere. I was struck how they found a fresh new voice and bought the national Guardian brand to local meetings and events.
The experiment also illustrated the fundamental tension in hyperlocal news and how do you raise enough money to pay for a full time qualified staffer with (or even without) news organisation overheads. Traditional online advertising at a local level is tough if you don’t have a dedicated sales operation and not highly lucrative even if you do it would seem. Local newspapers and directories like Yell have spent decades tending and nurturing their local ad networks offline and trying as hard as they can online. Without a dedicated local ad sales operation, but carrying the costs of treating its staff decently Guardian Local was always going to rely on subsidy from their charitable parent. The lack of a specialist local ad team suggested by the Guardian’s own Paid Content seems scarcely credible. The Guardian could make a huge contribution to local media if (as a sort of charity) it showed the openness it seeks say from government and opened all the files on the Guardian Local experiment or produced a brain dump and stuck it in Slideshare under a creative commons licence.
Of course the weird transatlantic Charleston being danced by Alan Rusbridger and Ariana Huffington continues. Can the world’s two great left of centre online platforms really be setting up parallel operations in each other’s backyards? It may be that the Guardian is clearing the decks for some sort of tie up with HuffPo – maybe to bring Patch to the UK? [warning: that is wild made up speculation based on no fact]. But Patch resembles more the Northcliffe Local People experiment, hardly an editorial bed fellow for HuffPo, unless Northcliffe spins it out. And comparisons between the UK and USA local media markets are tenuous at best.
There are also knock-on implications for the government’s local TV proposals here. Jeremy Hunt wants local news subject to full fat very high cost TV-stylee regulation. What we see here is the Guardian not being able to fund people doing high quality online news at city level even without the expensive TV regulation & admittedly without trying that hard at ads it seems. It would be fascinating to know what news Jeremy Hunt would want a city TV station to produce that the Guardian in Edinburgh, Leeds and Cardiff did not. At a meeting in Birmingham I did ask Jeremy point blank if he would consider lowering the regulatory burden say to that of newspaper to give people a fighting chance of covering costs But no politician would ever agree to that and he didn’t.
So that’s it all over and done with, for now at least.
#TAL10, our second un-conference had a lot to live up to after #TAL09 but again managed to surprise us with not only it’s popularity but also the quality of the people who attended and the sites that they run, that is before we start looking at their ideas for the future!
We had booked Old Broadcasting House in Leeds to capacity for the event and ended up with it about 3/4 full, the weather and lack of flights in to the UK were responsible for some of the non attendees. While others I’m sure decided not to attend as there were no food based sports like Pork Pie Rounders.
As expected the whole event was blogged by almost all of the attendees and reported on most accurately and efficiently by Sarah Hartley from the Guardian along with Hannah, John & Tom from the Guardian Local Blogs. Their reporting on the day can be seen here.
Michael Grimes also made notes on the sessions he attended during the day.
Journalism.co.uk also reported on the Un-Awards which were presented after the un-conference had closed. The Guardian also reported on the Un-Award winners here.
Un-Award winner Josh Haliday from SR2 Blog gives us his thoughts on the days events on his personal blog.
Philip John gives us his account over at JournalLocal as does Damian Radcliffe onDPC. The excellent Greener Leith report by Alistar Tibbitt and finally and by no means least Matt from My Tunstall writes
Twitter was, and still is, awash with the #TAL10 tag which link to many interesting posts which we have archived here.
Pictures are being uploaded to our Flickr Group.
<a href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php?option=com_mobile&task=viewaltcast&altcast_code=1592155a91″ _mce_href=”http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php?option=com_mobile&task=viewaltcast&altcast_code=1592155a91″ >Talk About Local Unconference 17th April 2010</a>
We’ve launched a Cover It Live event for the talk about local unconference and unawards today (Click Here). Please tag your tweets, pictures, etc. #TAL10 for them to be included. The Guardian are also live blogging this events at Guardian Leeds.
#TAL10 Unawards prizes
Here’s a quick details update for the Unconference and Unawards this Saturday. So book your train tickets, set your alarms, synchronize your watches…
The Unconference is held at Old Broadcasting House in central Leeds, follow this link for location and parking details.
The TAL team will be at the venue from 9.00am, because we’re a hard-working bunch. You’re welcome to join us and share in our early bird breakfast buffet. The Unconference itself will kick off from 10.00am and things will roughly run as follows:
9.00am – Venue open for an early bird breakfast
10.00am – Introductions and session planning for the day
10.30am – 4 x session one’s
11.30pm – 4 x session two’s
12.30pm – Lunch! Nom.
1.30pm – 4 x session three’s
2.30pm – 4 x session four’s
3.30pm – Wrapping up
4.00pm – Guardian Leeds Beat Blogger John Baron will lead everyone on a guided tour to the Unawards venue, Chilli White, where you can enjoy a drinks in the bottom bar before the grand event that is…(drum roll)….
The Unawards are from 6.00pm in the top bar at Chilli White, just behind the Corn Exchange in central Leeds. We are busy musing over your nominations for winners right now, to decide who will receive the gorgeous prizes pictured above (courtesy of Latif’s Wholesale, Digbeth). Let us know if you can think of some deserving winners for these precious things.
#TAL10 Friday night curry
As we’re starting early we’ll be staying in Leeds the Friday night before, as will a few others who are coming from far afield. So if you’re around please join us for a warm-up curry. We’ll be meeting at 7.00pm in Northbar (New Briggate, central Leeds) for a pint before sitting down to eat in Akbars at 8.30pm.