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Not that the House Of Lords has any direct jurisdiction over the broadcaster, but Trinity Mirror (LSE: TNI) CEO Sly Bailey had only negative…

Not that the House Of Lords has any direct jurisdiction over the broadcaster, but Trinity Mirror (LSE: TNI) CEO Sly Bailey had only negative things to say to its communications committee about the BBC’s plans to launch 60 hyperlocal news sites (via Journalism.co.uk): “Our business in this area, as every other publisher’s, is very fragile, embryonic. The business models aren’t clear and we are all making investments. We must not allow the BBC to distort these embryonic markets. They … will distort those markets making it much more difficult for us to enter.

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  1. It's easy to dismiss what Sly says as a traditional media owner protecting an already fragile position in an ever changing market – but that is to misunderstand the crux of her argument. It would also misunderstand the charter of the BBC – which is to provide a public service and particularly to do things that others cannot do. In local, this is not the case. There is no market failure. And there is no real gap. There is a very well established local newspaper market and one that is trying very hard to serve the communities they are in by providing information and entertainment on all plaftforms. The BBC is in danger of killing this off a- unlike commercial operators, it can spend a lot of public money and there is absolutely no penalty if things dont go well.

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