James Harding came to the BBC from The Times. So he isn't as steeped in BBC-ism as other senior managers there and this gives him a helpful perspective. I've seen him speak up at Salford and is, I think sincere in his efforts to change the way the … [Read more...] about BBC Head of News acknowledges frankly that BBC needs to improve local offer #hyperlocal
Talk About Local has been calling for a new relationship between the BBC and other local news providers for some years: one based on sharing stories and news assets paid for by the tax payer but that have no commercial value and a more mutual … [Read more...] about Guardian CEO Andrew Miller joins Talk about Local's call for BBC to give away local content to #hyperlocal media
Royal visits, as every publisher of local news knows, still provoke a huge amount of local interest and excitement. Add into that an aspect of local heritage and history - the first time in 50 years that soldiers have exercised their freedom of the … [Read more...] about The power of a royal visit and the hope of content collaboration
The brutal economics of digital are pointing to a future of fewer local news originators, more copying and shorter and shorter content. In an age of political devolution, when Britain needs more local media for accountability can the BBC add more to … [Read more...] about Why doesn’t the BBC let other people use freely its local public service output? #localjournalism
So the BBC has been ticked off by its Trust (the governors in old money) for delivering local news that isn't local, lacks relevance and is weak online. 'To improve BBC Online we have set out a number of actions, including: BBC management should … [Read more...] about BBC local news – time for something completely different? A co-operative model?
I have served on a number of public sector transparency bodies and have a long standing interest in media regulation. It’s always puzzled me just how far behind modern public practice the BBC is on transparency. And the recent reviews into BBC … [Read more...] about Transparency and the BBC – an email from Tony Hall?