BBC Scotland’s head of news Atholl Duncan has strongly defended plans by the Beeb to increase online local news video after newspapers attacked the idea on grounds it will erode their markets.
He told The Drum today that he would expect such a development to actually enhance the local and regional news coverage of rivals.
Duncan claimed: “We want to support Scotland’s local newspapers.”
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A decision on the plans will be made by the BBC Trust in March.
The Scottish Daily Newspaper Society has already voiced its objections.
They claim it will “seriously distort” the market.