Posted by Bill Best
Filed under Policy, Radio Industry

The BBC has signed a new agreement with the Community Media Association to pledge a closer working relationship. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed on behalf of the BBC by David Holdsworth,Controller of BBC English Regions and Dom ChambersChair of the Community Media Association. It’s designed to help deliver on the public service objectives of both organisations.

The renewed relationship will be highlighted next week when the BBC and CMA will showcase their first national project; the BBC/Community Media Reporters’ Day.

13 Local BBC Radio Stations, including; BBC WMBBC Radio Devon and BBC London are taking  part in the pilot and will work alongside their local members of the Community Media Association. Over the last few months they have been sharing skills through a series of workshops. On February 23rd they’ll be broadcasting their stories across the English regions network.

It is hoped that through this mentoring scheme both organisations will share content, skills, training and expertise – while finding new voices and radio talent.

David Holdsworth, Controller of BBC English Regions, said: “This is a productive partnership between BBC Local Radio and the Community Media Association. We can share resources and in the process help develop the next generation of new talent. I am delighted to be signing the MOU today.”

Dom Chambers, Chair of the Community Media Association, said: “In the fast changing landscape of local media it makes sense for the BBC and community media to form a closer working partnership. The value to each other as complementing resources is immeasurable. The CMA and its members are committed to facilitating access to the media by individuals and communities as a vehicle to drive positive social change.

We are encouraged by what our MOU has achieved locally with the development of some strong co-working. The launching of the first national project between the CMA and the BBC in November 2014 marks a new phase of cooperation.

This MOU has been designed to build on that. I am pleased that it comes with a commitment for both organisations to meet and monitor as well as drive forward its progress. The cooperation this triggers will help us all deliver media that maximises positive impact on individuals and audiences.”

The 13 BBC Local Radio Stations taking part in the pilot are; BBC Radio Lincolnshire, BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio Humberside, BBC Radio Sheffield, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC WM, BBC Radio Leicester, BBC Radio Norfolk, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Solent, BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall.

The Memorandum of Understanding.

One Response to “BBC signs ‘Memorandum of Understanding’ with the Community Media Association”

  1. John Griersomn

    I would love to know how the BBC is going to deal with the fact that the vast majority of Community Radio stations are commercial. The BBC is known to run shrieking from anything that might sully their hands by contact with nasty advertising messages.

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