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Spencer (previously Spencer For Hire) 5,908 posts since 13 Jan 2003
Yorkshire Look North (Yorkshire)
And the trouble is there’s no explanation for the viewer as to why a channel they’d expect to be carrying hyper-local content is broadcasting a news programme about somewhere at the other end of the country.

I’ve heard a couple of colleagues mention that they switched on Leeds TV and they were showing news for Cardiff which they thought was either ridiculous or a technical error. It doesn’t really benefit the channel’s credibility.
TedJrr200 posts since 11 Sep 2005
Anglia (East) Look East
How much longer can this local TV farce go on for before it's put out of its misery?


Presumably for as long as OfCom licences / CoMux contracts persist.

What should happen?

There's a case for a holistic investigation into localism/regionalism across all British media, perhaps a Royal Commission. Without wishing to pre-empt such a thing, perhaps tax concessions for local media (zero-rating local sales etc..) could be offset by means of taxing offshore consumer digital (Facebook, Google, Amazon, Netflix etc...).

Otherwise, well local press will go the way of local radio.

Local television was a worthy experiment, but only that. It didn't work, probably because the model was wrong. So, yes a need for re-appraisal.
kernow1,333 posts since 18 Jan 2006



Feels like ITV all over again

Quote:
In many cases, the number of hours devoted to local programming or repeats thereof is being allowed to be reduced.


I expect it won't be long before they ask Ofcom to reduce their local programming even further, as well as further merging of services, until there's hardly any local content left, and it won't be "local" tv anymore.
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Ne1L C1,118 posts since 11 Sep 2011



Feels like ITV all over again

Quote:
In many cases, the number of hours devoted to local programming or repeats thereof is being allowed to be reduced.


I expect it won't be long before they ask Ofcom to reduce their local programming even further, as well as further merging of services, until there's hardly any local content left, and it won't be "local" tv anymore.


To be replaced by...?
Jon7,996 posts since 11 Apr 2005
Central (West) Midlands Today



Feels like ITV all over again

Quote:
In many cases, the number of hours devoted to local programming or repeats thereof is being allowed to be reduced.


I expect it won't be long before they ask Ofcom to reduce their local programming even further, as well as further merging of services, until there's hardly any local content left, and it won't be "local" tv anymore.


To be replaced by...?

Networked content.