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BBC online local news ‘not just duplication’ of commercial providers

BBC online local news ‘not just duplication’ of commercial providers

BBC headquarters in London. Picture: Shutterstock The BBC’s online local news output does not add up to a “one-for-one substitute” for commercial providers, research published by the Government has said. Although the BBC and other local news publishers do duplicate content, the new report found the BBC “rarely” covers local events not also covered by its commercial rivals. The commercial news sector provides distinctive coverage, it said, as they report on a “much larger number of local events than the BBC”. However, News Media Association chief executive Owen Meredith spoke of the threat senior industry figures fear from the BBC in a statement on Monday. He said: “By needlessly boosting its digital local news offering, at the expense of much-loved local radio services, the BBC threatens to crush commercial local news publishers who cannot be expected compete with the might of the licence fee. “Ultimately, this could result in the BBC becoming the only source of local news in many communities.” Thanks for subscribing. Close In its mid-term review of the BBC published on Monday, …