Chris Kelly posted:
Like Grampian you mean? I'd like to see you get from Oban to Lerwick in 5 hours, or from Stornoway to Dundee in 5 hours, without using aircraft. I'd pay you good money to see you make those journeys by car and boat in under 8 or 10 hours..
What would be the point in essentially downsizing a current region - surely the point in this should be how underserved the Grampian are is.
Or, more to the point, the fact that the population area is more dense in the West region --- so they deserve the current coverage, compared to the more sparse population in Scotland.
Chris, I'm confused by you now.
You said you didn't want West and South West merged -- I agreed -- You then concurred again, everyone's happy. And now you're shouting again?
I never suggested downsizing the Grampian tv region. Referring to my "television consciousness" analogy -- where Truro and Trowbridge have very little in common, and nor do Newquay and Tewksbury, the various corners of the Grampian transmission area
so divided sociopolitically or culturally. There is a "north of Scotland" group feeling that justifies the transmission area, along with the economic barrier against providing the Western Isles or the Northern Isles with their own ITV region, a la Channel TV. Again, the Channel Islands are a very distinct area of the UK -- very separate to the South of England, hence their separation from Southern TV was justified. My only point was that Grampian news reporters have to cover a vast area and if a 5-hour journey time were the limit to their travels, it would be a very difficult working plan indeed.
Chris, I agreed with you. And I never suggested the idea in the first place.