Posted by: westlancashirerecord | February 6, 2017

BBC Reporters Funded To Report On Council Meetings?

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) is to fund 150 news reporters to cover council and public meetings across the UK to enable better scrutiny of council proceedings and decisions. bbc
The journalists will work for “qualifying” regional publishers rather than the BBC, with the remit of covering full council and committee meetings, and will share the information gained with the BBC. To qualify, local news organisations will need to demonstrate that they have a “previous  track record” of public service journalism, as well as the ability to employ staff. bbc2
James Harding, director of BBC News and Current Affairs, said “As more power is devolved across the UK, it’s more important than ever that we cover, understand and hold to account local politicians and public services”. bbcradlancs
The initiative forms part of the BBC’s new charter which commences this year and is aimed at filling the growing gaps in local news reporting as local newspapers have suffered from declining revenues.  So far, the BBC has allocated 20 reporters in Scotland, three in Northern Ireland, 11 in Wales and 104 in England, with plans to place the full 150 journalists by 2018. Will they be looking for clowns councillors wearing their underpants on their heads moon-underpants? Then look no further.

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