It's a battle of the free vs paid.
On one hand you have these news providers moving towards paid content, while others move towards a Free Open distribution of content.
I personally think that BBC should fall under the paid banner. Even though the news is produced and accessible to most of the World (if not all), they take steps to restrict some of their services to only paying subscribers (iPlayer).
Fair enough, not everyone pays a TV license in the UK, but most people do, and that sends a substantial amount of cash towards the development of BBC media.
I like the Guardians approach where they have built an API for the greater public to find and utilise the information on offer.