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BroadcastNow: Ofcom warns ITV could lose £64m a year on regional news

September 22nd, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Editors' pick

Ofcom has warned that the ITV network will be facing a loss of up to £64m a year by 2012, if it has to continue providing regional news bulletins, reports BroadcastNow.co.uk.

“The regulator indicated its support for establishing independent news consortia to deliver localised news across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.”

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“The Digital Britain report released earlier this year also called for independent news consortias to take over the regional news slots on ITV, suggesting that the groups could comprise of existing media organisations and be funded by the surplus from the Digital Switchover fund.”

Full story at this link…

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Last week John Hardie, ITN chief executive,  called for separate contracts for replacement ITV regional news services to be issued for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – ie. a single contract for the whole of England (via MediaGuardian).

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Essential journalism links for students

June 30th, 2009 | 9 Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Journalism, Training

This list is doing the rounds under the headline 100 Best Blogs for Journalism Students… and we’re not on it. Nope, not even a smidgeon of link-love for poor old Journalism.co.uk there.

The BachelorsDegreeOnline site appears to be part of e-Learners.com, but it’s not clear who put the list together. Despite their omission of our content and their rather odd descriptions (e.g: Adrian Monck: ‘Adrian Monck writes this blog about how we inform ourselves and why we do it’), we admit it is a pretty comprehensive list; excellent people and organisations we feature on the site, our blog roll and Best of Blogs mix – including many UK-based ones. There were also ones we hadn’t come across before.

In true web 2.0 self-promotional style, here are our own links which any future list-compilers might like to consider as helpful links for journalism students:

And here are some blogs/sites also left off the list which immediately spring to mind as important reading for any (particularly UK-based) journalism students:

Organisations

  • Crikey.com: news from down under that’s not Murdoch, or Fairfax produced.
  • Press Review Blog (a Media Standards Trust project) – it’s a newbie, but already in the favourites.
  • StinkyJournalism: it’s passionate and has produced many high-profile stories

Individuals

  • CurryBet – Martin Belam’s links are canny, and provocative and break down the division between tech and journalism.
  • Malcolm Coles – for SEO tips and off-the-beaten track spottings.
  • Dave Lee – facilitating conversations journalists could never have had in the days before blogs.
  • Marc Vallee – photography freedom issues from the protest frontline.
  • FleetStreetBlues: an anonymous industry insider with jobs, witty titbits and a healthy dose of online cynicism.
  • Sarah Hartley previously as above, now with more online strategy thrown in.
  • Charles Arthur – for lively debate on PR strategy, among other things

Writing this has only brought home further the realisation that omissions are par for the course with list-compilation, but it does inspire us to do our own 101 essential links for global online journalists – trainees or otherwise. We’d also like to make our list inclusive of material that is useful for, but not necessarily about, journalists: MySociety for example.

Add suggestions below, via @journalismnews or drop judith at journalism.co.uk an email.

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Broadcastnow.co.uk: Update on the Channel 4 / BBC Worldwide negotiations

June 19th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Editors' pick

Although no agreement was reached in time for the Digital Britain report, noises from both parties are positive on a partnership between Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide. BroadcastNow.co.uk reports:

“Channel 4 is on the brink of entering the next phase of its evolution after the government backed a tie-up with BBC Worldwide and called for it to put renewed emphasis on content for older children and multiplatform delivery.”

More information in the story at this link…

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BroadcastNow.co.uk: Hockaday replaces Horrocks as head of BBC multimedia newsroom

April 17th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Editors' pick, Jobs

BroadcastNow reports that Peter Horrocks’ deputy Mary Hockaday has been appointed as head of the BBC multimedia newsroom.

Full story at this link…

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Broadcastnow.co.uk: BBC iPlayer could become available on Freeview

October 13th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick

BBC considering launching iPlayer on Freeview, as part of a project Canvas, which is looking at delivering web content to televisions, in ways that could also be used by other broadcasters and content owners.

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Broadcastnow.co.uk: New commercial director at ITN multimedia

September 10th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick

Mark Browning, currently currently Heart programme director, is to join ITN to head its multimedia commercial activities.

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Broadcastnow.co.uk: Five to launch advertising-supported websites

September 4th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick

Five plans to launch advertising-supported websites for Five News, Football Italiano and Neighbours – the result of a new deal with Brightcove, the web video platform.

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Broadcastnow.co.uk: How to be first with the TV news

September 1st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Editors' pick

Leading television journalists explain how they use new technical developments in their work.

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