And to create a region that culturally doesn't work but practically covers a transmitter.
But, if there were two regions supported by Belmont, so a north and a south version; something was at one time proposed for ITV Bilsdale. Perhaps BBC1 took over the LDPS transmissions (ie the
mux), and then there was the proposed Lincoln one as well.
What would happen?
Almost certainly any separate Belmont programmes would disappear. South would take East Midlands, and North probably Leeds, or a Hull/Sheffield combo.
It's easy to say that a TV region from Bridlington to Hunstanton doesn't or shouldn't work. But, it worked OK for Anglia, and they struggled financially when they lost it.
I often wonder what would have happened if Anglia haad retained Belmont?
Grimsby Labour Party may well have selected Keith Kyle rather than Austin Mitchell in the 1977 by-election. The Tories would have won, meaning that the Callaghan government wouldn't have lasted as long as it did?
When Anglia news went east/west, there'd have been a third region, possibly based in Hull rather than Norwich.
Trident TV would have been established, and couldn't be blown-away by the IBA. Yorkshire/Trident may well have merged with Granada years before YTT actually did.
Anglia's profitability would have been higher, allowing it greater flexibility in the risks it could take with network output. Norwich could have remained as a television production centre through the ITV consolidations, possibly to the day.
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