Am I the only person who thinks this is possibly the first and only good idea to come out of the coalition Government?
The Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday announced proposals to develop local TV stations in Britain. He rightly states that most developed countries have city-based broadcasters. Every city in Germany has a TV tower for broadcasting. Meanwhile, in Britain the most we get is half-hour every day of regional news (for regional read Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire, Dorset, Oxfordshire, and even Milton Keynes!), and a regional edition of Inside Out every week. People in Britain do not think regionally, or even in terms of counties nowadays – we think locally.
Whats more, the emphasis is too often ‘cat is stuck up tree in Southampton‘. Yawn! BBC South is based in Southampton, and too often South Today is full of non-stories from Southampton and to hell with everyone else. And the sports presenters are always closet Scummers.
The only thing that would concern me is who exactly would fund such an enterprise – the last time anyone attempted a Portsmouth TV it was awful – more wood in the presenters than there was in the coffee table in front of them.
- Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt outines plans for ‘local TV’ stations (menmedia.co.uk)
- Plans For US-Style Local TV Channels Unveiled (news.sky.com)
- Jeremy Hunt on local TV plans: full speech (blogs.journalism.co.uk)
- Hunt to unveil plan for new channel to support local TV (newstatesman.com)
- Local TV channel plans announced (mirror.co.uk)
- Hunt to outline ‘local TV’ plans (bbc.co.uk)
- Hunt unveils plan for new national TV channel (guardian.co.uk)
- Minister announces local TV channel plans (independent.co.uk)
- Hunt to reveal plans for local television services (independent.co.uk)