Two assurances from BBC director general Mark Thompson may help to reduce the fears among regional newspapers of the BBC’s local TV plans. Speaking at the Society of Editors conference in Glasgow yesterday he said the scheme, which has been described as “ultra-local”, would not be “hyper-local”.
Sounds like playing with words but he explained the average service would hit a catchment area of around a million people. And it would not be more than 10 minutes of material a day. Thompson (reported in the Press Gazette) also promised to work in partnership with local papers and may purchase content from them.
With regional papers developing their own video news offerings convergence in this area is becoming increasingly confusing.