The editor-in-chief of Reach plc says the BBC website has excerbated the industry’s current problems and prevented it from launching more paywalls.
In a keynote address to the Society of Editors Conference in Manchester, Lloyd Embley, left, described the BBC site as an “all-consuming monster” that made it hard for commercial publishers to compete.
Said Lloyd: “As an industry we have sleepwalked into a situation which has made it far more difficult than it already was.
“We have allowed our national broadcaster to become the biggest publisher in the country
“How can we compete with the resources thrown at the written word by by the BBC? Broadcasting means moving pictures, spoken words.
“We should never have allowed the BBC website to become the all-consuming monster that it is.”
Lloyd, who is also editor of the Daily Mirror, went on to say that while the BBC website’s coverage of live football on Saturdays was a “must read,” it had prevented commercial publishers from monetising football content.
He said that the Mirror and other national titles could have succeeded in making Saturday afternoon live football coverage a “premium paid content area.”
A regional editor has highlighted the introduction of a black and ethnic minority quota for journalist vacancies as a way of tackling a lack of diversity in his newsroom.
Marc, left, has since interviewed 20 candidates for four editorial roles, ten of which were from ethnic minorities, with one BAME reporter subsequently appointed.
He spoke about the scheme during a panel discussion at the Society of Editors Conference on making newsrooms more representative of their communities.
Marc said that of the 35 people in his core team, barely 10pc came from black and ethnic minorities, whereas the population of Birmingham is almost 50pc BAME.
He said: “It is not acceptable for the Birmingham newsroom to be 40pc off that. But the only people who can change this is us.”
Marc said he had had no problem achieving the 50pc quota for interview candidates, saying: “The talent is there.”
He also said the paper was spearheading other initiatives to tackle the issue including reaching out to community groups and schools and encouraging moslem women to consider journalism as a career.