A content-sharing deal between a group of regional newspapers in the North-East and the BBC is being piloted.
Under the scheme, the BBC’s local news websites in the Tyne and Tees regions are displaying links to stories carried by daily print titles in the area.
Staff at the titles wanting a particular story to be shared post a link to Twitter accompanied by #BBCNorthEast, which is then picked up and added to the live feed, pictured below.
A BBC spokesperson said: “The BBC has introduced Local Live as a pilot scheme in a number of English regions including the North East, where one key focus is on finding the best way of sharing information between the BBC and local newspapers.
“In the North East, as in Yorkshire, the BBC and other local media outlets are developing new ways of ensuring that the most relevant and helpful content is shared in a timely manner. Subject to findings, the approach may be rolled out more widely across the UK over the next year.”
Regional editors have long campaigned for the BBC to accredit local newspapers when it uses their stories, with some suggesting that they should pay for content.
Peter Barron, editor of The Northern Echo, said: “Although it is still very much at the experimental stage, I see it as a positive step towards working constructively with the BBC.
“Apart from anything else, it is a positive marketing exercise for the participating titles to have a presence on the BBC site, and it will be interesting to see if it has any impact on traffic back to our sites.”