Kent journalist hits out at ‘cannibalistic’ BBC

An anonymous journalist working on a Kent newspaper has told Press Gazette why he believes the BBC’s local output must be slashed to save local newspapers.

He claimed that “the majority of news stories covered by my local BBC South East are lifted from local rags. I know this because in five years of working for a Kent paper they’ve followed up on countless of my stories for their TV and radio shows.”

He said he originally found it “flattering” when BBC South East followed up one of his stories, but eventually discovered that it was unco-operative when the roles were reversed.

While praising the Corporation on an “international scale”, the journalist insists it “inspires a feeling of contempt” at local level, describing its attitude towards other sections the local press as “cannibalistic”.

A study carried out in Northamptonshire on behalf of the BBC and Newspaper Society recently found that “of the 400 stories that went out on the local BBC radio station over a month only 11 originated from local papers”.

However, Press Gazette’s source claimed the figure would almost certainly be much higher in the South East.

Follow the link to Press Gazette for the full story. (Source: Press Gazette)

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