Media companies 'rely on NGO news'

NGOs are increasingly responsible for international news reporting as media organisations shut down their foreign bureaux, according to a TV journalist-turned-academic.

Charlie Beckett, director of Polis, part of the journalism and society department at the London School of Economics, said dwindling investment in news reporting had left media companies increasingly reliant on NGOs for material.

"Apart from the BBC, everyone is shutting foreign news bureaux," he said. "It's much easier these days for NGO staff to grab a video camera when they're going somewhere, gather material cheaply and even, if they're savvy enough, assemble it as a news package."

The relationship between NGOs and the mainstream media will be examined at a three-day conference at the LSE from Sunday.

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