I'm really not a fan of the idea of 10 minutes 'Out Of Area' coverage (that's what the National News is for). Maybe Ofcom could state that each Evening programme should be 15 minutes Sub-Regional and 15 minutes Pan-Regional (this applies to the Meridian*, Central, Anglia, Yorkshire areas where there are sub-regions). As for the other original ITV franchise areas of London, Granada, West, Westcountry, Border and Tyne Tees programmes, I feel these programmes should be for the full 30 minutes as they have no opt-outs (London and Granada would continue to be as at present). As for the other Regional News bulletins, they seem realistic enough and better focused than present.
I think the Current Affairs/Political programme that is being proposed for the Border area is a good idea, though would like to see Ofcom state this should happen for all the Pan-Regions (London, Meridian, West/Westcountry, Central, Anglia, Granada, Yorkshire, Tyne Tees, Border).
* Surely the former Thames Valley sub-region should get it's own programme back too, not be a 10 minute opt-out of Meridian South?
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