News 3 tender

Inclusive Digital has played a key role in the News 3 tender to produce a regional news pilot.

Inclusive’s Nigel Dacre was commissioned by the News 3 consortium to help co-ordinate and then edit the tender for the regional news pilot in the Tyne Tees/Borders TV region.

The News 3 consortium was made up of Trinity Mirror Newspapers, the Press Association and Ten Alps.

News 3 won the bid, against tough competition, in March 2010, although the pilots were later cancelled by the new government in June.

Chair of the independent selection panel Richard Hooper said: “The overall quality of the submissions was high with companies both big and small working together. Bidders understood the implications of convergence, demonstrating how television, local newspapers, the internet, local radio could work together in new and interesting ways.”

The panel said: “News 3 offered a completely new multi-platform studio … and a strong offering of both news and news features. The bid promised a unique model for the future provision of local and regional news across different media platforms.”