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In the cost- and efficiency-conscious BBC of 1990 the idea that journalists could work for both radio and television had an irresistible appeal. Working practices within both media were becoming more multi-skilled and this was part of the same process. The idea was simple: whatever story a journalist was working on, they could file for both radio and television.

The concept was first rolled out in the regions, with a swathe of appointments of specialist correspondents in areas like health, business and local government. The brief was to break stories, cover them for both regional television news programmes and for local radio in a particular area.

Critics pounced on the idea, saying it didn't take into account the fundamental differences between radio and television reporting. There ...

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