BBC local websites plans rejected

The BBC’s proposals to launch a £68 million (E82m) network of local news websites with video content have been rejected by the BBC Trust. Michael Lyons, the BBC Trust chairman, told the corporation’s management to instead concentrate on “improving the quality of existing services”.

The trustees made their decision based on evidence provided by trust officials in a public value assessment (PVA) and Ofcom’s market impact assessment (MIA) – both of which delivered a negative verdict on the local online video proposals.

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