A trend of hyper-local news stations and websites is hitting the UK – two journalists leading the way in this new phenomenon are visiting Middlesex University to share their thoughts with students in the latest edition of the Broadcasting Today series, led by Professor Kurt Barling.
Jane Mote and Will Perrin will be quizzed by BBC journalist and Middlesex Professor of Professional Practice Kurt Barling, discussing with him whether local broadcasting makes sense, can it be sustainable and is local the future.
Mote is currently the launch programme director at London Live TV, working towards the new channel’s launch on Freeview in March. She started in print journalism but has since worked in broadcast and online platforms. Her career highlights include BBC South East, UKTV and BBC London, where she headed up its online, TV and radio output.
Perrin founded Talk About Local in 2009 which is a unique public service project giving people in deprived or isolated communities an online voice they own and run. He was a civil servant for 15 years, where he was the technology policy advisor to Tony Blair, and chaired the OECD group of experts in e-government.
The event is free to attend and takes place on 18 November in The Grove’s TV studio from 4.30pm.
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