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Wednesday, 17 June 2009

The Future of International Broadcasting


The BBC's Director of Global News (far left of panel) discusses the Future of International Broadcasting at Reuters yesterday.

Laura Oliver, who was sitting a few rows behind me, has a good summary of what Richard Sambrook said at journalism.co.uk. Well worth a read for his thoughts on the end of the old foreign correspondent model in the face of economic pressures.

While he urged broadcasters to "embrace" UGC as a "valuable supplement" and a way of capturing the "authenticity" of news events, he also said the "expertise of seasoned journalists" was still required.

Generally, the panel was optimistic about the future, expressing particular confidence in state funding and pledging to continue to send journalists to all parts of the world.

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