BBC/ITV regional news conundrum

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In an effort to cut costs, the BBC and ITV recently entered into a partnership for regional news production, where the two broadcasters planned to share newsrooms, studios and news crew on “routine diary stories”. However, the partnership is not moving ahead as neither broadcaster can decide whether or not to pilot the proposals.
Although either Manchester and Birmingham were considered for the pilot, The Guardian reports that ITV has since realised that the cost saving on the shared news production would be “modest” and a long time coming.

Head of ITV News David Mannion was quoted in The Guardian as saying that it was difficult to find a way to partner with the BBC because “it operates in a pretty old-fashioned way”.

Meanwhile, a senior BBC executive has pointed out that it’s impossible to separate regional news from national news.

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