Suggestions that the BBC could pay for using content sourced from local newspapers have been welcomed by a weekly columnist.
Writing in the Grimsby Telegraph, Peter Chapman said “recognition should be accompanied by recompense” in the corporation’s sourcing of its news.
His comments come after Culture Secretary Sajid Javid echoed past suggestions that the BBC could pay for stories which originate from the regional press, during a speech at this month’s Society of Editors Conference.
Mr Javid also called on the corporation to “come forward with ambitious, innovative ideas that enrich and support sectors like local journalism”.
Wrote Peter: “This is good news and follows the Home Secretary’s like-minded hints last year.
“This has nothing to do with local press meanness. But I do hope something comes of it.
“Most BBC reporters et al started life on local papers, learning their trade and often becoming famous.
“The Grimsby Telegraph, for generations regarded as a first class training ground, has provided excellent reporters who have gone on to fame and fortune.
“Current suggestions, I venture, mirror a concern about papers and a realisation that one must not bite the hand that feeds.
“Recognition should be accompanied by recompense.”