Deliberately piggy-backing on the hyperlocal consultation, the BBC also used yesterday’s event to update people on its post-Charter Review progress on how the corporation might better interact with local news providers of all shapes and flavours.
The discussion picked up in many of the subjects raised at the first hyperlocal forum held in Birmingham last year and Matthew Barraclough was able to update the attendees on the draft consultation plans currently under construction.
Much has been written about the plans – eg. this and this - but generally from the viewpoint of the mainstream news groups and so this event provided an opportunity for the independent sector to feed in their comments and questions.
Sadly the one hour allocated to the update probably wasn’t sufficient as just about everyone in the room wanted more detail but Matthew said he is open to hearing from people via his Twitter @M_R_Barra or by email. The plans have to be firmed up by the end of this year and the hope is to start work early in 2017 – although that intention maybe set back until Ofcom are fully in place in the spring.
Notes taken during the Q and A are below and I’ll update this blog with more as detail and discussion update.
150 reporters scheme
— Community Journalism (@C4CJ) July 26, 2016
Will be focussed on top tier of local authorities ie. metropolitan and maybe county councils.
Unitary bodies and not down to district/parish level.
Intention is to demonstrate more value no intention to cover courts now – reason; BBC doesn’t carry much low level court reporting at present and so wouldn’t intend to expand into that area
primarily text based but with some provision for mobile phone footage
resulting coverage would be basic and publishable but more of a foundation story than a finished product (think PA wire)
being made freely available to ‘qualifying’ local news organisations
bbc will fund it partner news orgs will employ the reporters NOT the BBC
hard deadline of news years eve for plan in place. would then depend on whether consultation was required as OFCOM coming on board
contracts to employ a named individual only, via a company. NOT a contract for an organisation who then assigns individiual reporters eg. rota
might not be entirely just the councils, could be other elements of council activity or event quagos and leps
licensing issues unclear
— Gareth Morlais (@digitalst) July 26, 2016
Giving away content for re-use
gobe to BBC research people to
searchable and downloadable
identified as coming from the bbc
hoping to be tagged to where/when for useage
control access on where and when from area
— Fiona Davidson (@FionaDavidson2) July 26, 2016
Idea to work with partners in industry or maybe academics
Create central data hub
where and how big it is still tbd
Waiting for some of the consultation over BBC new data consultation