Unlike Cameron and Clegg though I stand by what I said during the election campaign.
Any idea what the Lib Dem view was on this? In principle it's actually one area where I (god forbid!) agree with the Tories - ITV regional news shouldn't be state funded and although they may say it's unprofitable, the point is as a PSB broadcaster they can make huge profits elsewhere, part of which can be diverted to fund the regional news.
I've long said I favour some sort of affiliate system, where in England at least ITV control the network but the rights to produce the local content (the news and some sort of quota of regional programming) is put out to tender. Whether that's financially viable though is another question - and in truth the answer is probably no.
I preferred the internet when it had a sense of humour.