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62305821,649 posts since 19 Aug 2005
STV Central Reporting Scotland
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-21338236

Quote:
A conference in southern Scotland is to discuss "unsatisfactory" news coverage of the region by ITV Border. The event, hosted by Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce this summer, will involve broadcasters and politicians. ITV Border's nightly news programme for the region, Lookaround, is broadcast from Gateshead near Newcastle.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller raised concerns about the situation late last year. A Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) statement said ITV proposals would mean viewers in southern Scotland would not receive the same level of programming about Scotland as those in central or northern parts of the country. At present, Lookaround covers a large slice of the north of England as well as Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders. Kelso-based SBCC director Andrew Collier, who is a freelance journalist and media advisor, said: "It is unsatisfactory that our local news comes from Gateshead and is more likely to cover events in Kendal or Keswick than Kelso.

"This area is not 'our region', as the Border news programme presenters often call it." Mr Collier, who has previously worked for South of Scotland SNP MSP Joan McAlpine, said the Borders may get "better and more relevant news coverage" if it came from STV, which is based in Glasgow. He added: "We have a rich history and culture in the Borders and the south of Scotland generally. "There are some great things happening here. The rest of the country deserves to hear about them." SBCC convener James Aitken said it would relay the discussions from the conference to Ofcom and south of Scotland residents.

He said: "There is a feeling in some quarters that, at a hugely exciting time in Scotland's history, this part of the country is not being properly served by the ITV network in terms of local news. "Borderers are as Scottish as anyone else, and have a right to the highest quality provision of news, information and debate on Scottish affairs."

An ITV spokesman said: "We are still in discussions with Ofcom about the best way to provide viewers with an improved service for the Border region. "However, it is worth noting that the current Border regional news service, Lookaround, is more popular than the comparable services in Scotland, and enjoys the highest viewing figures of any ITV regional programme."


There should Just give it to STV
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TELEVISION2,137 posts since 14 Sep 2003
STV Central Reporting Scotland
I think something definitely needs to be done. ITV Border and the Lookaround brand are definitely dying a death. ITV Border always had a large task of appeasing viewers from 4 separate regions - Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish Borders, Cumbria and the Isle of Man. I can always remember when I was younger people would always talk about a story they had seen on Lookaround, but I think the brand was damaged when ITV Border's news services were merged with Tynetees. It always did a good enough job of covering a very large region, but the current set-up just doesn't work.

I think the time has come now for the 'region' to be split up with the most obvious option being including Dumfries and Galloway into the STV Glasgow area, Scottish Borders into the STV Edinburgh area and Cumbria to Tynetees.

It really is ridiculous for a viewer in Stranraer for example to be watching a story in Newcastle which is about 200 miles away or even worse a story from York which is becoming more and more common on the Tynetees and Border segment of the 6pm programme.

These of course are my thoughts and there will no doubt be a few more different opinions on the matter.
Gary McEwan3,095 posts since 23 May 2011
STV Central Reporting Scotland
It's high time that STV got the Southern Scotland area, I mean what is the harm of possibly even making a 4th area, ie STV South and have a dedicated programme for the Borders just like West and East have.

Although I doubt ITV will be wanting to let Border Scotland go.

I love the last part to that statement that 'Lookaround is more popular than the comparable services in Scotland' I wonder who they surveyed for that??
Brekkie28,798 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
As much as a burden that it is I suspect ITV will want to hold on to Border Scotland just to have a foot in the Scottish market even if they can't be bothered giving the viewers in the region the service they deserve. I'm sure had ITV been in charge of the STV regions too it would be now have been merged with the relevent Scottish region when ITV made the cuts a while ago, but as it wasn't it really does stand out as the loser in the regional mergers.
Shouldn't that have been posted in the "John Logie Baird has Invented Television" thread?
bazinga1,033 posts since 26 Dec 2012
STV Central Reporting Scotland
To be honest I really dislike Stv and there is no need for them or utv for that matter. viewers around the country should receive the same channel 3 as in England which is ITV but obviously with their own local news.
Getting back to the point tho I do agree the "Tyne Tees and Border region " should become more local , bu keep it with itv!!! And has the region always been like this or has there been a regional bulletin during a regional bulletin , I forget the name but when the region is big they hand over to another presenter which gives more local regional news?

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Gary McEwan3,095 posts since 23 May 2011
STV Central Reporting Scotland
To be honest I really dislike Stv and there is no need for them or utv for that matter. viewers around the country should receive the same channel 3 as in England which is ITV but obviously with their own local news.
Getting back to the point tho I do agree the "Tyne Tees and Border region " should become more local , bu keep it with itv!!! And has the region always been like this or has there been a regional bulletin during a regional bulletin , I forget the name but when the region is big they hand over to another presenter which gives more local regional news?

Thanks Very Happy


From what I can make out Border and Tyne Tees have a 15 minute segment respectively, then halfway through it merges as one programme, but both 'Opts' are usually presented by Pam and Ian.
Brekkie28,798 posts since 4 Jan 2003
HTV Wales Wales Today
To be honest I really dislike Stv and there is no need for them or utv for that matter. viewers around the country should receive the same channel 3 as in England which is ITV but obviously with their own local news.

I suspect it might be only STV viewers who see STV as a bad thing. STV and UTV are the last bastions of the true ITV network and it would be a shame (though interesting) to see ITV buy that out. As a Welsh man how I wish HTV had also managed to survive being swallowed up by ITV. It wouldn't be so bad if ITV Wales was allowed to operate as effectively an affiliate of ITV Plc with it's own identity and programming independent of ITV Plc, but sadly that is not the case and ITV Wales has to do what chiefs in London think is best for them, while at least STV and UTV can make decisions based on what they believe viewers in Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively want from them.
Shouldn't that have been posted in the "John Logie Baird has Invented Television" thread?
TELEVISION2,137 posts since 14 Sep 2003
STV Central Reporting Scotland
The lunchtime and weekend bulletins are pan regional covering news from both regions under the Tyne Tees and Border News title. The main 6pm bulletins are split for the first 15 minutes with one being pre-recorded and the other live ... depending on which region has a more important headline. The second 15 minutes of the 6pm programme is pan regional covering lighter stories from both areas. Each area has a separate bulletin after the news at ten ... once again with one of them being pre-recorded and the other live.
bazinga1,033 posts since 26 Dec 2012
STV Central Reporting Scotland
The lunchtime and weekend bulletins are pan regional covering news from both regions under the Tyne Tees and Border News title. The main 6pm bulletins are split for the first 15 minutes with one being pre-recorded and the other live ... depending on which region has a more important headline. The second 15 minutes of the 6pm programme is pan regional covering lighter stories from both areas. Each area has a separate bulletin after the news at ten ... once again with one of them being pre-recorded and the other live.


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