[i]With all due respect to the Channel Islands. There isn't enough to sustain a 15 minute bulletin, let alone 30.
How do you know - you're in the Central region. In all honesty throughout history there probably hasn't been enough to sustain a 30 minute show every night in most regions but that's no reason to axe it - it needs to be there for the nights when regions can fill 30 minutes and more and there is plenty of filler of interest to (some) local viewers to fill the rest. Hiding behind costs just doesn't wash it now ITV are very much back in the black - they are making enough money elsewhere to continue to invest in local news, even if it is ran at a loss.
Although my name is on that quote, it wasn't myself who wrote that. As stated previously I was having problems quoting Ne1L C's message (due to my original proposal methinks)!!!
As separate entities to England, I believe that Wales and the Channel Islands (like Scotland and Northern Ireland) must continue to have a 30 minute Evening programme dedicated to their 'National' News. As for ITV's proposals for the English regions I believe they are (in the words you described for my own merged National/Regional News '35 minutes' proposal) 'absolute nonsense'. If I'm watching a so-called Regional News programme, I don't want to see other Regions News on the Regional programme I'm watching. That's what the National News for! The worst a truly Regional programme should be in my opinion is Pan-Regional* (for example Central West and Central East meeting up for the Sport section while being sub-Regional for the rest of the programme). This set up was my first proposal I believe and one maybe Ofcom could look at...
...And talking about things Ofcom should look at, Regional programming has to be about more than just News! If Border is getting Current Affairs programming then at least 30 minutes of Current Affairs programming for each Pan-Region would be good. If Border's programming is going to be run as a separate franchise again then surely the Border region should have it's own Newsroom again too?
* Pan-Regions in bold, Sub-Regions in normal type.
(South with 10 minute opt-out for Thames Valley), South East,
Calendar North, Calendar South,
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