Work of Artifice posted:
The dispansion of the old Elstree-based BBC South East, a few years back, seemed to start a process whereby those BBC and ITV regions whose geograhical areas have traditionally differed, have started to become approximately matching.
ITV's forthcoming changes to Calendar (scrapping South; giving East a stand-alone 18:00 weekday show) will make things a little more like the BBC's Leeds/Hull regions.
So, the fact that the Hannington transmitter area will be in ITV's Thames Valley region, but (according to an e-mail reply I got from BBC Oxford) will not be in the BBC's Thames Valley region, seems a shame as it bucks the trend.
Will BBC Birmingham give up northern Gloucestershire to BBC Bristol, to match ITV's changes? If not, then a discrepency between the BBC's and ITV's WMids/West-of-England regions will remain. Again, a shame - not least of all because northern Gloucestershire viewers would presumably prefer to be part of the same region as the rest of their county (?).
Effectively those of us in north Gloucestershire are being served by Bristol in that digital satellite and cable in Gloucester and Cheltenham both carry BBC West, not Midlands as our designated channel. Last two nights on Points West have led with the Andoversford explosion story with reporters on site.
I wrote to Bristol about the fact that analogue and digital from Ridge Hill was still carrying Midlands in Gloucestershire, and have received a holding reply fom the Head of Programmes for the West saying that in the context of the ITV change to West, the BBC are looking into it.
It has to come if ITV are doing it. has been wanted by us here in Gloucestershire for years. Recently BBC Radio Glos asked listeners which region they thought we were in. NOT ONE of the many callers said Midlands, and many referred to their frustration in not being able to get West TV through their aerials.