HomeInsightsNews Media Association “extremely disappointed” with Ofcom decision on BBC plans for local news expansion


Responding to Ofcom’s announcement that the BBC’s plans for the expansion of their online local news services were not “material” (see item under Broadcasting), News Media Association chief executive Owen Meredith said:

“We are extremely disappointed that Ofcom have reached this conclusion and chosen not to halt these damaging plans from the BBC to cut funding to respected local radio production and instead invest further in online local news, which is already well served by commercial local news providers.

“We believe this expansion from the BBC will directly threaten the sustainability of local news titles and risks leading to the loss of jobs for local journalists.

“We strongly urge the BBC to think again, and instead to build meaningful partnerships with commercial publishers to ensure a healthy and plural local news ecosystem – working with us, and not against.”

To read the NMA’s response on its website, click here.