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.
I thought the issue was that the few people in these offices were having to run the office as well as report. Editing in the field - be it in a specialist vehicle or a laptop in a coffee shop - is well established elsewhere.
And you never know, somebody sitting editing in Costa wearing a station branded jacket may be approached by a member of the public with a story - the same idea as police officers taking their breaks in local cafes rather than going back to the station.
Write that down in your copybook now.