The version of my own regional ITV News programme doesn't even come from within the region - unless you call the "West Country Franchise" a proper region when it was created in 2014.
a proper franchise. Just because the current arrangements aren't how it always was from the 1950s/60s, doesn't somehow make it "not proper".
Like all "regions", exactly what constitutes "the west country" is open to interpretation. But all/part of each county from Cornwall to Gloucestershire
legitimately be counted.
Back in 1955, they might've just as easily decided to create a Wales-only ITV licence and a "whole of the West Country" (Cornwall-Gloucestershire) one from the outset. It just so happens that's not how things were carved up originally.
Just because an arrangement isn't the
one, and/or isn't what you personally happen to have become accustomed to over a long period, does not inherently make it "not proper".
I will always be bemused by people stating such irrational perceptions.