The BBC is holding its first hyperlocal forum this Thursday giving attendees the results of its recent consultation with the sector and outlining future plans.
The event, hosted by controller of BBC English regions David Holdsworth, is taking place at the BBC offices in the Mailbox, Birmingham and William and I will be attending.
As well as giving feedback from the consultation, the agenda for the day includes a session to look at the ‘opportunities and challenges’ presented by a new BBC charter; a look at future communication with hyperlocal news providers and wraps up by considering training needs.
While we appreciate it’s always difficult to arrange suitable times/venues, having this important forum mid-working week and in Birmingham was never going to be an easy gig for short-staffed cash-strapped hyperlocals and we know some have already made representations about the potential for more of these events and for travel bursaries to be provided.
However, if we can help take any questions along or comments to be noted from people operating around the country who are unable to attend, please drop us a line – you can leave a comment below or email SarahATtalkaboutlocal.org or WilliamATtalkaboutlocal.org ahead of the day.