London might be a base for BBC News, Sky, ITV, Channel 4 and others, but around the country, dozens of regional newsrooms are producing award-winning news and current affairs for their local audiences. In this session, our expert panel discuss their careers and covering what’s going on outside of London.
Jonathan Dimbleby was in the chair to lead a 90-minute discussion – “Have We Got News for You?” – on the future of local news in the regions. The panellists were journalist and academic Roy Greenslade; controller of BBC English Regions David Holdsworth; Ujima FM station manager Julz Davis; and Trinity Mirror editor Rachel Sugden.
The event featured filmed provocations from Richard Sambrook, director of the Centre for Journalism at Cardiff University, who charted the decline in print media and argued that there was a lack of local accountability.