BBC to allow local papers websites to grow

Beeb will not introduce more localised online content.

The BBC's strategic review has pledged to allow local newspapers "room to develop their digital services," and promised not to introduce more localised online content.

The plans of the BBC to introduce a network of hyperlocal video sites were unsuccessful following a major lobbying operation by the newspaper industry.

Also, BBC sites will aim at providing more links to external sites, including local newspaper portals.

The review states: "A new 'contract for local' will define a series of BBC commitments and limits, including a commitment to never becoming any more local in England -- that is, never to increase the BBC's number of local services on television, radio and online or to make any existing services more local."