Up until 1969 their local BBC News came from Manchester!
Well, I have that kind of situation now in Southampton.
On my regional news I am likely to hear news about anywhere from Weymouth to Banbury!
Just watching the Meridian South and BBC South weather forecast maps shows how not local the services are!
The huge size of this region is even more noticeable at weekends when there is no Oxford opt out.
Don't the pan-regional Southampton bulletins tend to include maybe only a single token story from north of the Ridgeway at best (and probably tending to be an Oxford city story?), with news from around Oxon/Bucks/Swindon only really featuring in the sub-opt?
I guess it depends if it is a busy or slow news day.
Here in Southampton, I've certainly seen quite a bit of Oxfordshire news on BBC South
It's a waste of time when the regions are so big, as places they cover don't have anything in common with each other and are miles apart.
Luckily for me living here, there tends to be a lot of Southampton news on BBC South - presumably because they are based here.
Meridian's favourite city to report on is Brighton. It is always on the South edition and presumably South East too.
Apparently some people there receive Meridian South and some get Meridian South East, so they can just show the same reports on both editions!