The shadow culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has told media companies bidding for government money to run replacement ITV regional news pilots they will face legal action if the Conservatives win the next general election.
Hunt, speaking at the Oxford Media Convention today, said the Tories wanted an all-encompassing regional news solution to empower local radio, newspapers and websites with city-based franchises.
"Let me be clear, we do not support these provisions in the digital economy bill and we do not support the pilot [regional news] schemes," he added.
"The contracts are not due to be signed until May [and] anyone looking to sign one should understand that we'll do all we can to legally unpick them if David Cameron enters No 10. And if they haven't been signed, we won't be doing so," Hunt said.
Might as well put the project on hold now, as this statement might put some good applicants off the process.
Last edited by DVB Cornwall on 9 February 2010 6:26pm