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CrispyPotato92 posts since 22 Sep 2012
BBC World News
Just a few random thoughts:

1) This may also have an impact for Comux's RFP for a new network.

2) Although it cuts costs, nothing much will change. That's Manchester often has reports from Preston (not so much from Carlisle). It may give the reporters more time to be on the street as he says - though my thought is that, no matter where they contribute from, it still needs to be edited and prepared. If only the studio links are done in the regional hub, then it won't save the reporters in the other parts of the region much time. It will save Mr. Cass lots of money on rent.

3) If the 'entertainment-led' spine is done well, this will (somewhat) improve the quality of the channels. If it's just a simul-cast of some cheap TV channel like Your TV then it'll be pointless. The only hope I have for the 'spine' is that Notts TV is involved. I believe that David Lloyd - of radio fame - is on the board of Notts and I'm sure he won't want anything to degrade the quality of the channel. It's not great, but it's a huge amount better than most of them.

4) Although That's is a pretty poor service, the reports they are creating are still a slice of life in the local areas. Aside from Youtube I wonder if anyone, anywhere is creating an archive of these reports. I mean, nothing like the TVS archive of course, but at least something to look back on. There must be terabytes of video across all the areas by now.

London Lite10,671 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London
I thought that many of That's TV's 'local' news bulletins were already coming from hubs? This just confirms what they're already doing since many of the sites were evicted from colleges after the scandal around the minimum wage or working for nothing VJs.
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dosxuk4,213 posts since 22 Oct 2005
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
Meanwhile Sheffield Live are in the process of consulting on getting their licence terms changed, after being censured by OfCom for only broadcasting around 300 of their 1500 first-run locally produced hours (a figure that Sheffield Live set themselves as part of their application). They're tried to argue that repeats of old locally produced programmes are better than more new programming because a) it's really hard to get volunteers to make your programmes at no cost to yourself and b) nobody watches them when they're first broadcast so it's better to give their audience more opportunities to view.

For me, the biggest issue is that the 300 hours they did make include the daily news programmes and the live feeds from the radio station they also run (which is basically a webcam pointed at the DJ).