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tesandco Founding member Granada North West Today
I always assumed its well known the whole thing is dead, but Ofcom have been told to turn a blind eye to it as it was a government pet project that can't be seen to fail officially. Easier to just ignore it for now and then in a year or two when they start clearing out muxes for the spectrum clearance it'll seem much less of a political failure if they suddenly just can't find the space!
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BR
Brekkie Wales Wales Today
Government pet projects - they always go well!
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NJ
Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Always the sign of a government pet project will go bad when whoever comes up with the idea buggers off to another department not long after said project launches.
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Spencer (previously Spencer For Hire) Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Always the sign of a government pet project will go bad when whoever comes up with the idea buggers off to another department not long after said project launches.


To be fair (and at the risk of defending him), Jeremy Hunt was hardly going to refuse a promotion to Health Secretary for the sake of seeing through the rollout of local TV, even if he did still genuinely believe it was a good idea.
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LH
lhx1985 Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Ofcom have been told to turn a blind eye to it as it was a government pet project


I presume there's a source for this accusation?
Government (ministers?) telling thier quangos to ignore laws and other rules would surely be a story, would it not?
JA
james-2001 Central (East) East Midlands Today

Government (ministers?) telling thier quangos to ignore laws and other rules would surely be a story, would it not?


In normal times it might be, but we haven't been in normal times for the last few years.
MA
Markymark Meridian (Thames Valley) South Today
I always assumed its well known the whole thing is dead, but Ofcom have been told to turn a blind eye to it as it was a government pet project that can't be seen to fail officially. Easier to just ignore it for now and then in a year or two when they start clearing out muxes for the spectrum clearance it'll seem much less of a political failure if they suddenly just can't find the space!


The spectrum clearnace started two years ago, and has another year to run. Local TV was accomodated in the new new plan being implemented, in fact not only accomodated, but expanded. For instance Hemel Hempstead is to have the London Live mux added at the end of next month.

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http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/94916/700MHz_Clearance_Q1_2019_London_V2.pdf

It's all political lunacy
MO
Mouseboy33
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Its crazy when you think about how LondonLive never really leveraged or was allowed to leverage the Evening Standard for coverage or programming. Also to a lesser extent. ChannelM back in the day. They were much closer to the tv station than LondonLive, but it always seemed like the tv station was kept at arms length and the newspaper reporters didnt really want anything to do with it. Which was kind silly. Sorta cutting off your nose to spite your face. NY1 's sister channel in LA, the recently launched SoCalNews1, debuted a nightly news programme in conjunction with venerable LA Times. They built a studio in the LA Times building so the presenter can interview the newsmakers and reporters working on important stories. Such a massively missed opportunity for LL....amongst many.
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Whataday Founding member Wales Wales Today
Its crazy when you think about how LondonLive never really leveraged or was allowed to leverage the Evening Standard for coverage or programming. Also to a lesser extent. ChannelM back in the day. They were much closer to the tv station than LondonLive, but it always seemed like the tv station was kept at arms length and the newspaper reporters didnt really want anything to do with it. Which was kind silly.


Perfectly understandable considering the way in which the Standard has been cut to the bone and journalists feel like they're doing four jobs at once.
DB
dbl London London
London Live from its optimistic launch brief is dead, no point in trying to compare the two. It's only surviving by the Standard putting a couple of coins in the metaphoric 'leccy' meter so to speak.
OR
orange Granada North West Today
What is stopping, say, a company buying out all the local networks to merge them and create one national channel on channel 7? Would that be allowed?
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kernow
_Tom_ posted:
What is stopping, say, a company buying out all the local networks to merge them and create one national channel on channel 7? Would that be allowed?

I think that should only be allowed on the condition that they have to retain their local commitments, otherwise it would end up going exactly the same way as ITV and local radio.

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