I believe some of these Local TV stations will work, we may even successful franchises taking over the running of less successful stations...with some networking thrown in (which is likely to happen anyway in the future methinks).
Let ITV reduce it's Evening Regional News offering to 20 minutes, in exchange for the scrapping of the Breakfast Licence (
though I feel there would still need to be some National/Regional News in the morning
). STV and UTV can then potentially make more money (and maybe offer other Regional services elsewhere). Although the Regional Evening News would be shorter, this could potentially make the Regional News services more punchy. This could actually be a better watching experience for the viewer, while being slightly more affordable for the commercial Broadcaster. I also feel ITV should provide a token weekly 20 minute Regional Political show on Thursday nights (after News At Ten) for all the Pan-Regions.
This change to ITV's Regional News offering and the fledging Local TV stations could potentially offer more (for less) to our PSB system (alongside the BBC) than is currently the case.
How is shaving 10 minutes off a 30 min regional news programme going to deliver any substantial cost savings? All the costs involved in producing the programme will still be present, and it leaves ITV having to produce a 10 minute filler which would cost more than is saved.
The National News would surely be extended if the Regional News was just 20 minutes long? My idea was just an amendment of ITV/Ofcom's own proposal that wanted 10 minutes of filler from any old place at the end...What's the point? Surely a longer National News would generally be better quality programming for the viewer? Looks like the latter is what we're getting though as Border's new 30 minute programme seems to have been approved...why should the other Regions get any less? I'm wondering if the scrapping of the Contract Rights Renewal could be the key to the Regions keeping/gaining Sub-Regional News programming (with hopefully a Pan-Regional Political/Current Affairs programme too)?
Imagine that...a reasonable amount of Regional TV from ITV and hopefully some good upstart Local TV stations to compliment (and enhance what) the BBC's offering. How about a Region by Region quota for the BBC/ITV (C3)/C4/C5 too instead of this 'Outside London' nonsense too?
* Btw Inspector Sands has a great point about the buying of programming from ITV or whoever else...would be interesting to see the costs of programming versus ad revenue in the morning.
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