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Brand Republic: BBC will not launch new local web plans, says Boaden

January 22nd, 2010 | No Comments | Posted by in Broadcasting, Editors' pick, Events

The BBC is not planning more local expansion online and is not in competition with regional publishers websites, Helen Boaden, director of BBC News, told the Oxford Media Convention yesterday.

According to Brand Republic, the corporation is seeking partnerships online and will not encroach on regional news group’s territory, whether its regional, local or hyperlocal.

In 2008 the corporation had its plans for investment in local video on BBC websites rejected by the BBC Trust.

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MediaGuardian: OMC09: Reform UK copyright, says Google

January 23rd, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Events, Legal

Allow limited use of copyrighted work to individuals looking to create new content, Richard Sargeant, Google UK’s public policy manager, told the Oxford Media Convention.

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Sticky: Live Twittering from the Oxford Media Convention

January 22nd, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Events

Follow this Twitter stream for the chat surrounding today’s Oxford Media Convention (refresh the page to see new Tweets). Keep an eye on our main site and on the blog for more OMC ’09 coverage. And don’t forget you can follow live, via @journalism_live on Twitter.


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OMC09: Levies for aggregators?

January 22nd, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted by in Events, Online Journalism

Interesting suggestion from National Union of Journalists (NUJ) general secretary and Oxford Media Convention panellist, Jeremy Dear, that content aggregators should be subject to levies.

Dear said the union is opposed to state aid for local media and the relaxation of local media regulation rules, but would consider introducing a levy for those who ‘do not produce content, but live off the back of those who do’.

New media and digital technology is not a threat to journalism – the danger is people who treat news and information as just a commodity, he said.

Online media is becoming dominated in the same ways as traditional media, he added.

Speaking to, Dear said the idea is discussed in a report set for release next week, which focuses on public service broadcasting.

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