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A recent proposal by the BBC to expand local video output on a network of 65 local websites has been rejected by The Newspaper Society.

"BBC management believes the proposition will help the BBC meet its public purposes," the organization explained in a statement. "And close the gap between the importance that audiences attach to the BBC's local role and their view of current performance."

The proposal sought to create an annual fund of £800,000 for sourcing local news video from external providers and would also make BBC content available for embedding on other sites.

Despite the proposal's aims to collaborate with regional press, many local news organizations feel threatened.

"BBC News online is using sizeable sums of licence fee money to replicate services already provided by local media companies and using its cross-promotional power to attract audiences away from local media sites," said society director David Newell.

BBC previously had outlined ultra-local TV plans, but later withdrew because of concerns over duplication.

The proposal is currently subject to a public consultation; a final decision on the issue is expected in February 2009.

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Sarah Schewe

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2008-06-25 10:44

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The BBC incorporated live blogging and mobile phone technology into its coverage of the local UK elections on May 1.

The BBC blogger team included Newsnight and BBC News 24 presenter Emily Maitlis, along with leading political bloggers Iain Dale, Luke Akenhurst and Alix Mortimer.

"It's become increasingly clear that the web has something extra to offer on election night. An elaborate network of opinion formers, activists and analysts collide online producing fact, rumour, and mood not found anywhere else," writes Craig Oliver, editor of BBC News at Six and BBC News at Ten.

Not only the national media players used web tools to offer up-to-date coverage; Liverpool Daily Post (see image) and the Liverpool Echo both had reporters on the ground updating a live blog on the papers' websites.

Source: Journalism.co.uk

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Kelley Vendeland

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2008-05-02 13:42

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BBC's first phase of integrating their news operation across media was completed on Monday with a common newsrooms in which journalists from the corporation's television news service started to work with their colleagues from radio and television news bulletins.

This move is due to a "smaller than expected lisence fee settlement," according to Press Gazette journalist Martin Stabe, which made BBC want to "reduce duplication of its newsgathering operations."

"The number of roles has been reduced significantly because we've had to make these big savings," said BBC head of newsroom Peter Horrocks. "We've introduced some multimedia roles, but as people develop multimedia skills and once we've got all the platforms sitting alongside each other they can work together most effectively."

There is a a centralized "Media Wire" desk, which monitors audio and video feeds, then transfers stories to the most appropriate outlets, and there is also a centralized planning desk that controls assignments. There will also be a senior editor who will be the "multimedia editor," who will coordinate the different media and mediate conflicts. Each desk will also have a "web conversion producer," who will be responsible for extending stories that were originally produced for online platforms.

The next steps include integrating journalists from the BBC's international news channel, BBC World News, and those responsible for the text-based sections of the BBC News website.

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Carolyn Lo

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2008-04-29 10:14

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BBCWorld Service has teamed up with blogging platform Livejournal.com for Live Report, a global project that provides a blogging platform for the Russian-speaking blog community. This project aims to strengthen user-generated content, connecting bloggers with the BBC Russian website bbcrussian.com.

Stephan Grootenboer, BBC World Service business development manager, Russia, said, "The BBC is keen to expand engagement with social media and reflect user-generated content in its output. Partnership with LiveJournal manifests the changing nature of BBC Russian as it uses new platforms to reach its audiences. With Live Report project, we are breaking new ground which will help us reinforce links with Russia's vibrant and quickly growing blogging community."

There is now a BBC-branded area on Livejournal, which will link the blogging community to stories on bbcrussian.com. Users can read the stories, then return to Live Report to post comments, articles, photos, videos, etc. on their blogs.

The BBC will also keep their eye out for budding reporters, no matter their location, and select the most compelling blog posts for publication in its output.

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Carolyn Lo

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2008-04-22 10:15

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The popularity of BBC's iPlayer continues to grow, with more than 42 million programmes accessed in the three months since its launch, confirming the huge success it had had in its first two weeks of existence.

The iPlayer's number of downloads and streams of BBC programmes rose 25% month on month to 17.2 million in March, up from 14 million in February and 11.2 million in January.

The most successful programmes included popular shows such as 'The Apprentice', 'Gavin and Stacey' and 'Torchwood'.

"Its initial performance proves the case not only for the BBC iPlayer, but for all video-on-demand services over the internet, and benefits both our audiences and the industry as a whole," said Ashley Highfield, BBC director of Future Media and Technology.

"We continue to work closely with the internet service providers with a view to driving the next generation of broadband internet access."

The success of traditional programmes on the iPlayer confirms recent comments by BBC News Interactive chief Pete Clifton at the International Symposium on Online Journalism, which featured various editors' views on the rise of online news video.

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Jean Yves Chainon

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2008-04-10 10:21

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The BBC debuted a new look on its news website yesterday, part of an on-going website redesign project.

Changes to news site include:

-embedded video service on the news and sports pages
-greater number of images
-wider page designs

These latest modifications come less a week after the BBC officially relaunched its homepage with new functionality, after months of beta testing.

Interesting though that the BBC is choosing to make its page designs wider, given the general trend towards reduced web width.

Source: New Media Age through I Want Media

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Kelley Vendeland

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2008-04-01 10:33

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