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Johnston Press Chief Exec Claims Local Paper And BBC Deal Can Be Struck

Highfield represents fellow regional newspaper publishers who believe the BBC is trying to intrude on their territory, thereby threatening their commercial viability. The latest skirmish began with the BBC’s suggestion earlier this month that it would fund 100 local reporters to provide public service material for regional papers, a move the corporation viewed as an olive branch. “More like an olive leaf,” says Highfield. “It looked to us like BBC imperialism through the back door. The whole idea was flawed.”

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