The hub was designed to enhance other news organisations' online offering, as well as making BBC News output more accessible to audiences online.
All 850-plus media organisations signed up to the Local News Partnerships scheme are entitled to use the video content, uploaded by local BBC television and online news desks across the UK.
The content can be downloaded via an online portal accessed via a log-in code supplied to all qualifying news organisations.
News Hub. What is it?
News Hub offers partner media organisations access to BBC regional news video and audio material for use on their own websites.
The launch of News Hub, as part of the wider Local News Partnerships, stems from the latest Royal Charter, during which the BBC promised to help other providers of local news.
The BBC values a thriving and diverse local-news ecology so News Hub is just one of the ways we’re helping.
Video from each of the 11 BBC English Regions, Scotland and Wales was released in 2018.
Local radio content will be released in 2019, along with local video content from Northern Ireland.
What type of video clips are available?
Subject to there being no issues over licensing, contributor consent or legal restrictions, all pre-recorded footage that appears on a regional news bulletin is shared.
And what about audio clips?
The same rules apply. Local news items from all breakfast, drive shows and bulletins that are broadcast on the hour will soon be made available for partner organisations to use on their website.
Anything else available?
Yes, digital news videos created by the BBC’s regional online teams are also available for you to download and publish online.
For an example of what a digital news video looks like, click here.
What Terms & Conditions are attached to use of content?
Content is free to use for all approved partners, but must only used in accordance with Clause 2 of the Terms & Conditions.
When is video and audio made available?
All News Hub content is shared to https://newshub.bbc.co.uk shortly after it has been transmitted on the BBC.
Once you have logged in with your password, you can use the TV, Radio and Online filters to see as much or little of the available content as you wish. If you can't see the filters, simply clear your cache and try again.
How do I get a password?
To log-in you need what is known as an 'API key', which IT departments within partner organisations should be able to supply.
One API key can be shared between any number of multiple users within an organisation.
Do we need to credit the BBC?
The BBC logo is featured on all video and audio items. No further credit is required.
What do the acronyms mean on shared television content?
The naming convention of all television clips shared with News Hub is for the benefit of BBC producers, so here is a guide to some of the acronyms you may see:
- ACT –Actuality (a standalone clip/soundbite). Usually used after an OOV or during a live chat between a reporter and the presenter or live guest.
- OOV – Out of Vision. An instruction to BBC producers that a presenter or reporter will read to pictures while not on screen. For News Hub, all OOV packages contain no sound or background sound only.
- FLT – Float. Like an OOV but used to illustrate live broadcasts so reporters can talk over pre-shot pictures to describe an earlier event or show more of the location.
- PKG – Package. A report from a BBC correspondent usually featuring footage, interviews and graphics
- VIS OOV – In Vision OOV – the presenter will be in vision/on screen for the first part of the story before OOV images are put up on screen. Also look out for Wipe/OOVS – an instruction to BBC producers that pictures will wipe on screen from one story to the next with the presenter staying out of vision.
- Others – You will see many other acronyms not listed here. In most cases they will simply be a BBC reporters' initials (yes, really!) so our advice is to not worry, open the clip and see if it is of interest.