BBC local news partnership to open for applications
09 May 2017
News organisations that wish to apply to host local democracy reporters as part of a partnership between the BBC and the local news industry can apply from next week.
The agreement, which was announced earlier this year and has been supported by the Society of Editors, will see 150 journalists recruited and stationed in local and regional newsrooms across the country to report on council meetings and other local services.
The partnership, agreed between the BBC and the News Media Association, will also see the creation of a News Hub providing local organisations with BBC video and audio content and a shared Data Unit which will see data journalism produced for use by the BBC and outside organisations.
Speaking ahead of applications opening on May 15, David Holdsworth, Controller of BBC English Regions, said: “This is an exciting moment in the development of our partnership with the local news industry. We’re at a stage now where our ideas are close to becoming a reality.
“The BBC has made a big commitment to this project because we want to play our part in making sure decisions that affect the lives of our audiences are given appropriate journalistic attention. By working collaboratively and cooperatively with the local news industry we believe we can do that more effectively in communities across the country.”
Local news providers will be able to apply to take part in the scheme from May 15 with applications open for two weeks.