Huw asks what role the BBC can play in promoting local democracy

This week, parliament discussed the role the government can play in preserving local newspapers, amidst news that Johnston Press had gone into administration. The company publishes more than 200 newspapers operating at both the local and national level.

Huw paid tribute to the Bexhill and Battle Observers as examples of local papers that host local contributors and promote democracy.

As the chair of the cross-party group on the BBC, Huw also asked the minister what discussions he was having with the BBC to ensure that the organisation shares more local content, both in terms of writer’s content and video packages. The minister said the BBC was eager to do more in this regard and he would take up the suggestion.

Video of the exchange can be viewed here: