09 February 2009

Sky Considers Local News Online

Sky News is looking at opportunities to expand its online offerings to include the local news market, reports Press Gazette.

A spokesman for BSkyB revealed that the broadcaster is considering web-based local journalism if a workable business plan can be put together.

Group corporate affairs director Graham McWilliam was speaking to a parliamentary committee when he discussed the opportunities for local online news.

He said: “The localities that people want their news in are smaller than the transmission regions … It seems to me that’s much better suited to broadband and internet-delivered services.”

McWilliam added: “It’s an opportunity we will continue to look at ourselves, but I suspect we won’t do it on television, we will look to do it online if we can make a business plan that adds up.”

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