Any current affairs or features of local interest now have to be crammed into the regional news magazine. Programming like Central Weekend Live and Friday Live on TTT were very popular and successful. I would like to see more regional slots, such as after the News at Ten or Sunday afternoons. Even the local news itself could have a less generic look and feel.
The BBC regions have have more local content than ITV’s English regions.
The money spent (or debatably wasted) on local TV stations should have been put into the ITV regions. Playout and presentation could still be centralised but with regional variations.
This highlights what i consider to be a broadcasting pet peeve. Calendar etc aren't news bulletins in the accepted sense of the term. They are "news magazines" which to my mind is contradictory at best and stupid at worst. In the mid 1990's YTV had Calendar followed by Tonight which was a far more suitable setup. You had between 6 and 6.30 news, sport, weather and then from 6.30 there was the "light and fluffy side"
Now I'm not knocking Calendar etc. They like the national bulletins have been fantastic at keeping us up to date with the current crisis (as have the BBC and Sky) but more often then not the news output of Calendar is between 8 and 13 minutes. Nowhere near suitable for such a large area of transmission. (Lord know how London copes)
There was a late night chat show for YTV called (I Believe) Calendar People which was on after News at 10.
Here's the start for Tonight on YTV:
And for viewers in the North East...