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More BBC staff planned for Island

Extra reporter to cover political issues

The BBC has announced plans to hire 150 new local journalists across the British Isles, with one post pegged for the Isle of Man.

The so-called 'democracy reporters' will be taken on to cover regional political issues, such as public services and local authority meetings.

Their wages will be funded by the licence fee - but the staff will work for accredited local news providers, rather than the BBC itself.

It's part of a move by the broadcaster to counter a decline in local print news readership.

The hiring process is set to begin this summer, and will be completed by 2018.

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