The BBC's director general is to lay out plans for the future of the corporation today, including a multi-million pound proposal to share staff and resources with local newspapers.
In a speech, Tony Hall will announce the "Open BBC" plan, which will include a network of 100 "public service reporters" shared with local news providers.
The programme would also see the creation of a local News Bank, allowing news content to be syndicated by local and regional outlets.
A BBC source described the move - funded by the licence fee - as an attempt to reverse the fortunes of local media outlets that have struggled amid the growth of online news.
The growth of online news has had a big impact on the local news industry. While the BBC is not the cause of that, we do believe local news is essential for a strong democracy and we want to be part of the solution.
This is an unprecedented offer that would put millions into a genuinely exciting local journalism partnership.
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