Two consortia in running for Scottish IFNC

Date: (15/01/2010)

Successful Bidders Announced for Next Stage of IFNC Pilot Process

A consortium involving Dundee headquartered DC Thomson has been successful in the initial selection process for Independently Funded News Consortia pilots.

Chosen by an expert panel, the consortium also includes Johnston Press, the Herald and Times Group and Tinopolis.

Competing for preferred bidder status for the Scottish pilot is a consortium of STV, ITN and Bauer Radio.

All eight successful consortia will now take part in detailed discussions with the selection panel.

There are aslo three bids in Wales and three bids in the Tyne Tees/Borders region.

They are:


ITN with Newsquest, Northcliffe Media, Tindle, Boomerang and ITV Wales news staff;
UTV with NWN Media Ltd.

Tyne Tees/Borders

ITN with Johnston Press, Newsquest, Metro Radio, University of Sunderland and ITV Tyne Tees and Borders news staff;
Trinity Mirror with the Press Association and Ten Alps;

Richard Hooper said: “Let me be clear about what we are looking for: quality news MyCompany Quarterly Reporting with a mix of local, regional and national (in the case of Wales and Scotland) audiences firmly in mind; genuine innovation, not just business as usual; strong multiplatform applications working together across the web, local newspapers, local radio and television where appropriate, utilising each different medium’s special characteristics; and finally, a revenue generation model that aspires to longer term sustainability.”

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