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BBC planning to share staff with local newspapers as part of reform

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 BBC is also expected to announce an expansion of the World Service, including its first broadcasts into North Korea, as part of plans for its future.

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Lord Hall: 'Open BBC' will be UK's creative partner

ohn Grant performing with the BBC Philharmonic at Media City, Salford Credit: PA

New plans for an "Open BBC" will turn the broadcaster into Britain's "creative partner" and become a "platform for catalyst for the country's incredible talent", Director General Lord Hall has said.

Speaking from the Science Museum, Tony Hall said:

In the internet age our mission is simple: great British programmes and a trusted guide for every one of us.

We want to take all the opportunities the internet creates to inform, educate and entertain in new ways.

And to that traditional mission we would add a fourth imperative - to enable others to do that too.

We want to open the BBC to be Britain's creative partner, to become a platform - a catalyst for this country's incredible talent.

We intend to put our technology and digital capabilities at the service of our partners and the wider industry - bringing us closer together for the good of the country - to deliver the very best to audiences.

– Lord Hall, BBC Director General

His speech at the Science Museum in London comes after Culture Secretary John Whittingdale announced consultations on the future of licence fee funding for the BBC, questioning whether the corporation should be "all things to all people" or have a more "precisely targeted" mission.

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