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Would you watch local TV?

09:00 UK time, Wednesday, 19 January 2011

The Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is to announce plans for a UK-wide network of local television services. Are they needed?

He will invite firms to register their interest in running a channel, initially in 10 to 12 cities, by March 1 - licences will be handed out before the end of 2012.

Local television in the US, where many cities have their own local news and entertainment coverage, is a style championed by Mr Hunt.

What should local TV include? Would local TV give a new voice to local communities?

Thank you for your comments. This debate is now closed.

Comments

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  • Comment number 1.

    I may watch it, but I doubt it. I'm disillusioned with TV in general, we have loads of channels but nothing much I want to watch. I find myself watching heritage channels and re-runs of old series like Minder rather than any of the current channels. Can't stand soaps so don't watch any of them. Do watch the news and some documentories, don't watch much sport other than F1 and thats only a few times a year. I'm not sure that a local channel would have much interest for me and it would probably be 50% adverts - and I'm straight on the mute button as soon as they appear!

  • Comment number 2.

    Would you watch local TV?

    No.

  • Comment number 3.

    maybe? so long as its useful?

    TV should be used to educate
    how about each local party gets time on these channels to explain what they want to do, and inform people properly before sending them to elections. we could also have referendums more often and you could actually present both sides of the arguments without it turning into a slanging match pointing out flaws of the opponent instead of saying why you deserve to be voted for.

  • Comment number 4.



    Your heading says it all

    “He will invite firms to register their interest in running a channel, initially in 10 to 12 cities, by March 1 - licences will be handed out before the end of 2012.”

    Money
    Money
    Money

  • Comment number 5.

    What would they put on a local channel? I have no idea what would be put on a local TV station.

  • Comment number 6.

    When I have the time, I will watch any channel that broadcasts something that appeals to me and is worth watching.

  • Comment number 7.

    I already have several hundred TV channels that mostly offer poor programming, bad shows, and vapid attempts at entertainment so why would I need a local station to add to that?

  • Comment number 8.

    No....if it's as bad as the rubbish currently being shown on the major channels. Are you listening, BBC?

  • Comment number 9.

    I think it would be a good idea as long as there were some informative programs on local attractions or things to do. I feel that people miss out on local events/places of interest due to either not knowing they are on or there.

  • Comment number 10.

    yes if its just to keep bl**dy jordon of the screen.london can have her all to themselfs...

  • Comment number 11.

    I sense an excuse for the TV licence fee to be increased to further fill the pockets of the parasites at the BBC

  • Comment number 12.

    BBC National and International news

    Interesting....sometimes

    Well made....generally

    Well funded......yes

    Bearing on my day to day life?......little.


    Local tv? will it re-engage viewers? community spirt/cohesion?

    I wonder

  • Comment number 13.

    "What should local TV include?"

    I agree that local TV would be a good idea.

    Personally, I'd like to see it involve:
    Televising of Local Council Meetings, local History, Tourist information, Amenities and Events etc, local traffic News & Weather.

    What I DON't want it to be, is an extreme PC forum for minority-interest Groups - I think we ALREADY have FAR too much of that...

  • Comment number 14.

    I have a feeling it will be rather dull if our local news is anything to go by. Sometimes I feel they struggle to come up with enough items of interest to fill 30 minutes a day. It seems a bit odd that on most days we get a story about what Boris Johnson did, didn't do, might do, might not do, said, didn't say or if its a special occasion we get a feature about bikes.

  • Comment number 15.

    Completely pointless.

    Lounge potatoes have quite enough to watch, listen to and read about regional news, events and the like. The very last thing we need is the creation of yet another layer of talentless 12-year old self-important media celebrities who think that everybody must have heard of them. We need even less programmes on cookery, moving home, selling cheap bric-a-brac etc - not more.

    I can just see the school curriculums being reviewed again to see whether there is room for essential media-studies for toddlers. After all, the world of media and those within it play such a vital role in the nations GDP, don't they?

  • Comment number 16.

    Well, given that the only good thing on tele nowadays is Doctor. Who... probably not.

  • Comment number 17.

    Yes,well we had perfectly good regional television under the auspices of the IBA,but they decided they could not make enough money out of it so the government allowed all the carefully drawn out contracts with obligations for local news and programming to be ignored and so we are left with the mess that is the ITV network today.

    Myself,I would restore regional television with smaller regional franchises than the IBA had. It seems very unfair to be selective to say that some areas can have local tv because they have a large city in the middle,and large rural areas can be ignored. In the area where I live,the Scottish borders, The loss of a true local television network run by a local company is sorely missed after the stitch-up by ITV last year to abolish Border Television and close its Carlisle studios.

  • Comment number 18.

    We used to have this, it was ITV before the changes in the 80's and 90's. Remember Granada, Southern, TV South West, HTV etc? All great companies delivering locally made TV. Bring back the old style regional ITV network! Problem solved.

  • Comment number 19.

    This is not the USA, this is the UK. We are a considerably smaller country so this is completely pointless.

    Instead of playing around with TV, this guy should be doing something to encourage people to get off their backsides and into, for example, sport. Far healthier and a far more important part of his brief.

  • Comment number 20.

    Where is the content which was promised with the explosion of choice offered by digital tv ? Shopping channels, repeats not of programs shown a few months ago like in 'olden days', but constant cycling of the same films, end to end 'Kirsty and Phil' aging gracefully from one ancient episode to another, Phil with some hair, Phil without hair, Kirsty, bless her, pregnant, not pregnant, thin, not so thin, as if that is going to get the housing market going. Rolling news picking up crumbs of information on any event without the time to formulate it into a proper news story so the reporter waffles on and on about the same minor detail wondering why they ever got into journalism in the first place. I think others have summed up the reasoning for the promotion local tv, because you can sell it for cash. If someone is willing to pay real money for this idea they have more money than sense. If I really want to watch local events, I open my curtains or take a walk.

  • Comment number 21.

    We have enough TV channels and like others I wonder what exactly would be put on a local channel.

    Instead of local channels why don't the Government look into the availability of a dedicated sports channel which does NOT cover football. It sems to me that you can watch plenty of sport providing it's football.

    I like many sports with the exception of football but as I refuse to contribute to Murdoch's growing empire I am limited in what I can watch.

    Is this to give the Big Society the Feel Good Factor or just another daft idea by ConDems.

  • Comment number 22.

    Most TV is crap, absolute crap - worse, it is CHEAP crap.

    I'd like to think "local t.v." couldn't be any worse...but you know it could be even worse than the rubbish that's dished up now.

  • Comment number 23.

    I can hardly contain my excitement - not!

    Regional broadcasting is bad enough, just watch any of the drivel produced by STV as an example, so the prospect of even more drivel simply does not appeal to me.

    Anyway didnt this whole idea die in the US about 15 years ago?

  • Comment number 24.

    I already have hundreds of channels of utter rubbish. Some of them I pay for which makes it even more irritating that they carry advertising. Others I don't directly pay for like ITV and Channel 4 so I don't really care if they now have short program breaks between the ads, I just don't watch them. Some local channel with programs about Mrs Smith on the High streets lost cat or hours of local council propoganda will probably be slightly less interesting than UK Living to anyone who has a life. Since folks with a life are the ones who spend money these new channels will be left high and dry when it comes to advertisers budgets and will either have to produce material we want to watch or become money pits and go bust. It will, without a doubt be the latter.

  • Comment number 25.

    If local TV in the USA is being used as the model, then heaven help us!

    I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to watch a local channel. The local BBC news that we get in the East Midlands is already pretty parochial, and taking it one step down to towns and cities they would really be struggling to find meaningful stuff to cover - and what they fill the remaining airtime with - supposing they intend to broadcast minimum from 07:00 to 22:00. Probably more US TV imports, as it there aren't enough of them on the existing Sky and Virgin platforms.

    What the UK really lacks is real regional TV - ITV is now the same as the BBC, national output with very little local news and the very odd opt out.

    Look at the German system, and you see something very different. Two national channels, ARD and ZDF, then channels in every state offering different viewing options, and proper regional news coverage. All the state channels are available Free to Air on satellite to the entire country, and without paying a cent more, German viewers have the benefit of at least 8 channels of public service broadcasting, before you even start on commercial channels such as RTL, Pro7, Kabel Eins - again all free to air. The German Public system is part licence funded, and part commercial. The commercials are largely between programmes and absolutely do not intrude. If the UK systems allowed BBC to take resticted commercials, then there would be cash to set up regional channels.

    Compared to that we are quite poorly served in the UK, and I think widening channel choice regionally makes a lot more sense than two-bit local TV doing the job that the local press already does - and which I also can't be bothered to look at!

  • Comment number 26.

    10. At 11:04am on 19 Jan 2011, bud wrote:
    yes if its just to keep bl**dy jordon of the screen.london can have her all to themselfs...

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    I'm pleased to say that Jordan lives near Brighton, not London.

  • Comment number 27.

    11. At 11:09am on 19 Jan 2011, Bob wrote:
    I sense an excuse for the TV licence fee to be increased to further fill the pockets of the parasites at the BBC

    What are you on about? I suggest you read the story properly - Hunt is inviting private companies to bid for regional channels. It has nothing to do with the BBC, or the licence fee.
    On topic, I sense all it would achieve is the kind of amateur "public access" channels familiar to USA audiences. Most of which will probably be buried somewhere in the already lengthy list of obscure digital channels watched by half a dozen viewers and a bored dog..

  • Comment number 28.

    There are far too many T.V channels today more will just water-down the income from The adverts, for the existing ones, how many will still be in business in 12 months time? The B.B.C. do a great job on local issues' B.B.C wales!!! is the best I never miss it !!! my thanks to all your great team.

  • Comment number 29.

    Definitely not. I do not have a TV and only watch selected items on the various iplayers

  • Comment number 30.

    Do people still watch tv anyway?

    It is full of horribad reality tv shows. I swear I had the tv on in the background last week and there was some program on about a coach trip somewhere and the people on there could vote each other off! I mean come on.

    Money needs to be spent on original programming, dramas, documentaries, whatever. Stuff that makes you think. I am sick of turning on the idiot box to see the same old reality tv drivel because it is cheap to make and millions of idiots watch it.

    I don't know how won big brother this year, I don't know who won X-factor, or britains got talent, or celebrity jungle, dancing on the floor/on ice. WHO HONESTLY CARES?

    Spend money on decent shows and it might make the licence fee (or sitting through adverts) worthwhile.

  • Comment number 31.

    Would you watch local TV?
    No. I sampled local TV in Germany and it was dull.

    What should local TV include?
    Probably the most useful for me would be local traffic information especially when there's snow disruption. But if they're just going to have it for 10-12 cities I doubt it would be more useful than the regional BBC info.

    Would local TV give a new voice to local communities?
    If its purpose is to make money, then I doubt it. If it's going to be subsidised by the government, then I object to paying an extra 2.5% VAT for the government to waste on stupid ideas like this.

  • Comment number 32.

    So many programmes and films are repeated so many times across so many channels.

    Would local TV be more of that?

    As others have said on here, many seem to have taken up channels and now have trouble in trying to fill up the viewing time.

  • Comment number 33.

    Lets not kid ourselves...

    Local TV is going to be nothing more than those awful "community" shows where every possible sector of the "assumed" unspoken minorities and masses are made to perform some cringe enducing piece of left-wing clap trap.

    The British do not have the ability to run an entertaining, informative, educational and non biased TV station. Too many left wing types insisting that the whole world must be force fed their vile poison.

    Localised TV is a dead duck before it even starts

  • Comment number 34.

    Although it might look good on paper, I really cannot see it working. Let's face it, if S4C can manage programmes with zero viewers, what chance has even more localized TV got? A waste of money I fear - or is the intention to broaden Government 'information' (i.e. propaganda), a function already covered very well by the BBC?

  • Comment number 35.

    We already have local news and weather slots and I seriously doubt that any 'neighbourhood' rep company could hold its own against mainstream TV.

    My husband sings in an all male voice choir and while it would be great to see them on the box is this really worth all the trouble and cost of setting up?

    No - I have too many reservations. Just how much support does Mr.Hunt think these services will get. Methinks he will be sorely disappointed at viewing figures and the whole idea will be dropped.

  • Comment number 36.

    If 'Spotlight',the local BBC News programme,in the S.W. is anything to go by?

    a definite...NO !!!

  • Comment number 37.

    Will take a look if its free.

  • Comment number 38.

    We used to have local TV - a local ITV station. It was taken over by a bigger concern with all sorts of promises made about retention of local content. Just like our wonderful new government the bigger, more remote company quickly broke most of its promises.
    I cannot see how it would be any different if a local set-up were reintroduced. Were it to broadcast rubbish like most SKY channels it would fail, and if it proved successful it would be taken over again by some distant operator and would soon cease to be local again. With that idiot Hunt in charge it has little chance of success anyway.

  • Comment number 39.

    Recently local TV stations were merged in cut backs, I now get news from a much larger area in my "local" update after the national news. Make your minds up, do you want local TV or not ?

  • Comment number 40.

    We have local TV, and not just ITV and the BBC. There are many private stations across the country. So why are the Tories doing this on a national level? To get larger media organisations to create local stations? What large, private media broadcaster comes to mind?

    Another preposterous money- and time-wasting idea by the Tories, and another with the menace of Murdoch looming in the shadows.

  • Comment number 41.

    If it really did report on local issues and campaigns I might watch occasionally, but if it is just a combination of poor quality programming and obtrusive advertising I would soon stop watching.

  • Comment number 42.

    Given that local newspapers are struggling to survive I can't see who local TV is going to appeal to. In fact this may be the final nail in the coffin for local newspapers. Local web sites providing news, local weather, what's on etc would be the way to go and cheaper to provide.

    We used to have regional TV channels via the ITV network each channel with its own regional identity (Yorkshire, Tyne-Tees, Anglia etc). Part of their remit was to provide local programming. If Government was so keen on a viable network of regional/local TV stations why did they allow the commercial network to merge into one national TV channel?

    The concept of access to local news, weather etc is a good one. TV is the wrong medium.

  • Comment number 43.

    26. At 11:28am on 19 Jan 2011, Tio Terry wrote:
    10. At 11:04am on 19 Jan 2011, bud wrote:
    yes if its just to keep bl**dy jordon of the screen.london can have her all to themselfs...

    -----------------------------------------------------------
    I'm pleased to say that Jordan lives near Brighton, not London.

    .........................................................................

    Couldnt we have a whip round for a one way ticket to Australia for her? Getting rid of plastic-ness would do wonders for the National morale in these hard times!

  • Comment number 44.

    Its all for the cash

    The government sells the licences to the highest bidders. The more the licences the more easy money into back pockets

    They sell advertising space

    Then they put on a load of rubbish

    And we pay for it all


  • Comment number 45.

    Oh, just what we need, another pointless TV channel. Methinks this is just an excuse to sell some form of licence to any broadcaster daft enough to take it on - this is about the Treasury, not about the viewing public. I would also seriously question the likely output of such local stations. The only benefit I can see would be more accurate local weather updates, but we can get that on radio anyway, so it all looks pretty redundant before it even gets started. I've seen local TV stations in the States - apart from weather and traffic updates, quality of output is absolutely dire.

  • Comment number 46.

    Definitely not. It will be just more lowest common denominator rubbish with loads of advertising.
    No thanks.

  • Comment number 47.

    Common Mortal Man: Yes indeed - Money. It makes the world go around, you know? It also keeps transmission systems maintained, and pays for spectrum for which the government charges for - this isn't a bad thing, as unregulated spectrum would be a disaster plus why shouldn't the taxpayer get some money back into the system of government by the selling of radio spectrum? its either that, or we pay some kind of tax at point of use such as with the BBC license fee.

    What I am wondering is how they're going broadcast the services. For example "channel 6" services such as Six TV here in Oxford - if its still on the air - are only on UHF 625 analogue. I never bothered watching it as we have cable television, our tv screen is effectively just a monitor which has never been plugged in to an aerial. Those with Virgin Media (cable), Sky or Freesat (dish) may never bother with local television unless its available on those particular platforms or supported by set-top boxes using IPTV (Internet Protocol Television) from the internet.

  • Comment number 48.

    I wouldn't watch local TV and I can't imagine what it would offer that would not be boring time-filling.

    The half hour local news programme (BBC1 6.30p.m.) is good but it's enough local TV for most people, surely.

  • Comment number 49.

    #18. At 11:24am on 19 Jan 2011, Dr Prod wrote:
    We used to have this, it was ITV before the changes in the 80's and 90's. Remember Granada, Southern, TV South West, HTV etc? All great companies delivering locally made TV. Bring back the old style regional ITV network! Problem solved.

    --------------

    The regions were too big. There is nothing 'local' about Margate, Kent, to people in Poole, Dorset (or vice versa).

  • Comment number 50.

    Isn't there enough garbage on TV at the moment ? Better to scrap the drivel that is on during the day and in the early hours of the morning , plus the soaps, and use the cash to produce decent watchable programmes.

  • Comment number 51.

    5. At 10:48am on 19 Jan 2011, in_the_uk wrote:
    "What would they put on a local channel? I have no idea what would be put on a local TV station."

    Well said. It seems to me that the only problem with a "local channel" is that if there is something going on in your neighbourhood then you can actually go to it anyway.

    What would we have: a local version of Casualty, actually shot at your local A&E? Here in York you could screen the shows at the Theatre Royal or the Joseph Rowntree Theatre. Oh, wait a minute: they've actually got seats in the auditoria that you can go and sit in. . .

  • Comment number 52.

    What would be on it, gossip? There's enough crap on the TV channels already, I've got something like 90 odd freeview channels a good proportion now deny me access, those I can show the same things over and over again. The main channels like BBC2 have an obsession with snooker and other marginal sports, everytime you switch over it's on. Others like ITV have resorted to gambling and game shows that have been hi-jacked by celebrities, even coach tour now has celebrities. Methinks putting local channels on is all to do with more parasites in high places, it's that corruption game again that Britain is leading the world with.

  • Comment number 53.

    I would like to see more foreign language TV (subtitled not dubbed). The assumption that all good TV must have been made in an English speaking country is plainly absurd and possibly a little racist.

  • Comment number 54.

    i cant stand to watch the regional news as it is (central) if you are white and dont support nottingham forest you dont even get a look in

  • Comment number 55.

    20. At 11:26am on 19 Jan 2011, whowrotethis wrote:
    Where is the content which was promised with the explosion of choice offered by digital tv ? Shopping channels, repeats not of programs shown a few months ago like in 'olden days', but constant cycling of the same films, end to end 'Kirsty and Phil' aging gracefully from one ancient episode to another, Phil with some hair, Phil without hair, Kirsty, bless her, pregnant, not pregnant, thin, not so thin, as if that is going to get the housing market going. Rolling news picking up crumbs of information on any event without the time to formulate it into a proper news story so the reporter waffles on and on about the same minor detail wondering why they ever got into journalism in the first place. I think others have summed up the reasoning for the promotion local tv, because you can sell it for cash. If someone is willing to pay real money for this idea they have more money than sense. If I really want to watch local events, I open my curtains or take a walk.

    ----------
    Excellent rant! I would watch local TV if you were a presenter.

  • Comment number 56.

    Does the Government have a cost in mind or is this just more hog wash from an already discredited shower of bufoons.

    After all we all have loads of money to spend on their ideas which are now bordering on lunacy.

  • Comment number 57.

    Even here in Wales, I doubt if there is enough material to keep a local station going. There are slots on BBC 2 Wales which air programmes of local interest. If those same timeslots were given over to local programming in England, I'm sure that that would be adequate to serve local needs.

  • Comment number 58.

    No we have UNLIMITED Channels at the moment with broadband so watching locally produced adverts does not interest me.
    Nearly All tv shows are trying to selling you something. From daytime TV with so called "celebs" attempting to push a new movie book or another product they have received sponsorship for. Or Political Party broadcasts and soaps designed with the specific to MAKE you Think about an product policy or issue in a certain way.
    Everything has an agenda, Yes even a wonderful documentary by National Treasure Sir David Attenborough is Formed in a way to make you think in a certain way about a certain issue.
    We do not Need more tv just better quality!.

  • Comment number 59.

    No, I don't see that there would be any possible point of interest to me. There really isn't that much that happens 'Locally' to have an entire TV channel. Also, if the low budget poorly planned poorly scripted 'local' or community channels are anything to go by then it is never going to be anything more than cringe-worthy. Why don't the Govt start to come up with ways to improve the financial situation of the country rather than wasting time, money and effort on something so pointless.

  • Comment number 60.

    I'm skeptical of the idea. We already have regional/local news during the national news slot. Exactly how much local interest is there that one can contemplate sufficient viewers all the time, to make it commercially viable ?

  • Comment number 61.

    local tv telling all the locals what they already know,

  • Comment number 62.

    it is extremely doubtful that I would watch local Television .

    The reason being that local television and radio tend to be bland and mindful no to upset advertisers or local government .

    Local media TV radio and newspapers .Alway compromise themselves and therefore avoid the real issues . Instead run coverage on things like:-
    The WI, someone pet doing stupid things ,how t o grow cabbage etc


    No thank you !!!! I have a nice tin of paint I use and like watching dry

  • Comment number 63.

    Absolutely not. Especially if it's the same quality of broadcasting that we currently suffer from BBC Scotland. Sportscene and other programmes are absolutely cringe worthy compared to the likes of Match of the Day.
    God help us if we ever gain independance.

  • Comment number 64.

    We look forward to such classics as

    Paint drying tv
    and paint drying tv+1

  • Comment number 65.

    so called normal tv is repetitive and dull any way, yesterday i was reduced to watching some chap navigating a canal barge through some locks near northampton....riveting stuff!!!!

  • Comment number 66.

    To an extent I agree with comment eighteen. But some of the ITV regions back then were more powerful than others and some like mine -[Southern/TVS/meridian] never made anything much themselves.

    Local news as victor lewis smith once put it is 'local man short changed in little chef! Ten pence piece found jammed in phone box! we have pictures!' Or a local newspaper headline I once saw : 'local baker sold mouldy pie.'

    Ie: Its not that interesting. Even watching the regional programmes nowadays i find the areas they cover far too large, and as a result they can appear slanted towards some.

    SO I would be inclined to watch a local station if it covered my county and no futher, and also made good tv of it's own. A bit of drama, that is, not just local documentaries or reality tv.

  • Comment number 67.

    I quite like the idea, living on a Scottish island which is, however, fairly close to the mainland. A channel keeping us up to date on west of Scotland news? There might be gaps in the schedules (it doesn't have to broadcast 24/7) but my feeling is it'd provide more entertainment and be more pertinent to the locality than most of the stuff that passes for televisual entertainment and factual reporting which, (despite being an Englishman), I now see as being ridiculously English (or even London) biased. It made me laugh when everyone was up in arms when the price of petrol hit £1 a litre a while back, when it'd been that price here for several months!

    Bring it on!

  • Comment number 68.

    Ha ha ha.... got rid of the TV ages ago. Programmes stopped being intellectually stimulating, truthful, and entertaining, so I stopped watching: no point paying £150 a year to have a box gathering dust in the corner. Haven't missed it at all....

  • Comment number 69.

    I will certainly give it a try, in the belief that it can be no worse than the mindless drivel broadcast by ITV and Sky channels.

  • Comment number 70.

    I live in Belfast Northern Ireland and we have a local TV channel here called UTV. For the most part the local programming is very poor & cringeworthy, very little in the way of informative shows. The local shows that are aired are at best amateurish and parochial. Most of the local presenters etc are well past it, and there doesnt seem to be any sign of fresh ones arriving. I don't tune in much other to bear witness to the depressing 30 or so minutes of the local news, which is the only way to hear what's happening in Northern Ireland. Only big news stories here make the UK news and we all know what type.

  • Comment number 71.

    My weekly viewing habits stretch to Andrew Marr, Question Time, Panorama and Sky News (as the BBC News has become a PR exercise for its own programmes and a poor relation to Sky), with the occasional documentary thrown in. Beyond that we are out of the house doing active things instead of sitting around doing nothing!! Consequently, any new developments in TV will blissfully pass me by.
    I never check the TV listings and only know what is on when I scroll through the Freeview channels and see how much woeful garbage is being spewed out.

  • Comment number 72.

    Probably not, but would depend. Not sure what extra if would offer over and above (in my case) the BBC Kent website and BBC Kent. They collectively already provide a wealth of local info re sport, things to do, news, traffic, weather, arts, etc. Done well, it could provide a useful supplement to these, but if just commercial poop then it will be 40% ads and 60% sponsored content as usual.

  • Comment number 73.

    "Would you watch local TV"? is the HYS question.

    I simply don't know enough to answer this question with any impartiality.

    Apparently, Jeremy Hunt was in the House on Tuesday to discuss the granting of licenses for 'new' TV channels. Would this be an American version of local cable and satellite?

    As long as this new 'licensing' is not subsidised in any way by the tax-payer and supported only by advertising and subscription - fair enough.

    We need to know more about Jeremy Hunt's agenda on this.

  • Comment number 74.

    What is the Community channel for on freeview then?

    Not that I've ever watched it. I assume no-one would watch local TV either.

  • Comment number 75.

    Would you watch local TV?

    No. I don't even watch terrestrial or satellite, television. I'd sooner read a book or listen to the radio and put my imagination to work. The pictures are so much better.

  • Comment number 76.

    Local TV? you mean like Granada, Central, Anglia, Border, Carlton, Grampian?

  • Comment number 77.

    We've already got one - S4C. If (like me) you don't speak Welsh it's not a great deal of use to you.

  • Comment number 78.

    OK now we had local TV and it was all gathered up and everything was going to be about choice. Years later we are now offered local TV but for what reason? Local BBC and ITV produce news and local programmes for their big brothers but they could not produce full coverage due to money restrictions and facilities now being office space in some block. The ITV studios were quite big but are now a crumbling facade.

    So let me pose a theory here.

    Licences bring in money, so UK.GOV sells them to the highest bidder or the best production teams?

    Big argument about BskyB and the finger is pointed at VC, now pal JH in charge of decision but acceptance would look like a stitch up, a favour returned for hols etc.

    Who has money and wants to have a larger grasp of UK TV, presently in the media with the initials RM?

    Who could buy or allow content from this media empire to fill up local TV channels and how much would this local TV charge to be watched? (a licence has to be paid for you know)


    Maybe I am cynical maybe I am not....





  • Comment number 79.

    64. At 12:04pm on 19 Jan 2011, th3_0r4cl3 wrote:
    We look forward to such classics as

    Paint drying tv
    and paint drying tv+1

    ---

    Don't forget Paint drying tv HD!

  • Comment number 80.

    an Essex channel! what a thrill that would be!

  • Comment number 81.

    Not likely to be good quality so probably not.

    We have enough TV with hundreds of channels with about 95% showing rubbish.

  • Comment number 82.

    Would you watch local TV?
    The Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is to announce plans for a UK-wide network of local television services. Are they needed?
    He will invite firms to register their interest in running a channel, initially in 10 to 12 cities, by March 1 - licences will be handed out before the end of 2012.
    Local television in the US, where many cities have their own local news and entertainment coverage, is a style championed by Mr Hunt.

    Would I wat a new local TV channel in my area, there would be a number of questions to be answered first - not that I am a great TV watcher anyway, apart from documentaries, wildlife, horizon and the news - I cant for one second imagine we need even MORE Soaps - especially wishy-washy American soaps!

    As Jeremy Hunt is inviting firms to register their interest by March 1st, this has to either be a 'Jobs for the boys' - 'The old school tie network' (Not a bad name for a channel actually, thinking about it) which of course means 'making more money':

    1. Will this be Pay as you view?

    2. Pay by subscription?

    3. Paid for by advertising and therefor free for the public to view? (very unlikely I think)

    4. Will it contain a broad spetrum of program material and include such things as educational and information content?

    5. Has Rupert Murdoch been sniffing araound already? quite likely - if so it is likely to be Pay as you view with adverts every five minutes, consisting of mainly of Murdochs Empire I suspect.

  • Comment number 83.

    As long as they are not publically funded.

  • Comment number 84.

    79. At 12:20pm on 19 Jan 2011, grumpy old man wrote:

    64. At 12:04pm on 19 Jan 2011, th3_0r4cl3 wrote:
    We look forward to such classics as

    Paint drying tv
    and paint drying tv+1

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    Don't forget Paint drying tv HD!

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    Really brings the colour to life

  • Comment number 85.

    82. At 12:24pm on 19 Jan 2011, Johns the Man wrote:

    Would you watch local TV?

    5. Has Rupert Murdoch been sniffing araound already? quite likely - if so it is likely to be Pay as you view with adverts every five minutes, consisting of mainly of Murdochs Empire I suspect.

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    My post at 78 reflects the cynicism we both share. I think Murdoch has a stinky hand in this.

  • Comment number 86.

    Yes but in a sort of car crash, "that's the chap who's son appeared on the register doing a cookery program" sort of way. Like when all those people on the Isle of Something did a channel and got David Icke on all the time.

  • Comment number 87.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 88.

    In most cities local TV would have to compete with both BBC and commercial radio, plus local paper(s) and a range of locally focussed internet sites - I can see money being taken from the BBC licence pot to support these new TV stations (either that or the BBC being told to close down its local radio coverage in the relevant areas).

  • Comment number 89.

    Good grief NO, absolutely NOT.

    It would be just like local radio and the regional BBC TV output, absolutely dire.

  • Comment number 90.

    More channels. Lovely.

  • Comment number 91.

    No. It's just more rubbish we don't need, and no doub t the cost gets lobbed onto us as well.

  • Comment number 92.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 93.

    So long these new local stations are privately funded - i.e: NOT BY ME ! OR MY T.V. LICENCE - Then I am happy for private companies to throw their money away.
    There are currently dozens, if not hundreds, of T.V. channels available - most of them seem to struggle to fill their schedules and resort to "another chance to see" - even if it was shown only last evening! or to mind numbing rubbish - or to work on the rule of thumb of 4 minutes of adverts for every six minutes of actual programme - advertising revenue is a finite resource and can only be spread so thin !
    Local Radio also seems to struggle to find worthwhile subjects to fill their airtime and we end up with "today's subject" being done to death for hours on end and with "listener participation" consisting of a few interesting contributors and a lot of ill informed phone-ins from people who just love the sound of their own voice.
    Mr. Hunt seems to be on a crusade to satisfy a bee in his own bonnet rather than a real need !

  • Comment number 94.

    Local television might be interesting if it covered local events and isn't dumbed down like the national channels. I am so tired of hearing presenters steering people away from difficult words and technical complexities. How on earth are people to learn anything from television if it is assumed that everything has to be comprehensible to five year olds?

  • Comment number 95.

    local tv from your local loud mouth busybodies with endless ad breaks - good grief!

    MR HUNT (& FRIENDS),THIS IS NOT THE USA, WE DON'T WANT TO BE LIKE THE USA, NOT EVERYTHING FROM THE USA IS A GOOD IDEA EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE THE £ (OR $) SIGNS.

  • Comment number 96.

    What measures would be in place to stop local TV going the same way as local newspapers?
    I believe that at one time, 90% of local newspapers were owned by one company.
    As this coalition is in thrall to News Corporation, local TV would end up as GM Tabloid TV, an awful enough scenario made worse by News Corporation furious lobbying for the end to balance in news and current affairs programming.

  • Comment number 97.

    Can't be any worse than BBCleftwingnews.

  • Comment number 98.

    Do we really need yet more TV channels? There's already too many channels and too few quality programmes without adding to them. Accessing local information is easy enough people with a variety of mediums to suit most people. Is this really high on anyone's agenda? I'm sure there are other more pressing issues which require attention from the government and investent from local business.

    PS. American TV is mostly complete rubbish apart from a small handful of programmes. Is this really a model we should be keen to follow?

  • Comment number 99.

    People here have suggested local TV could have shows on local attractions etc.

    That might be interesting the first time, but surely it would quickly become boring and the local channel would run out of anything new to show.

    I find regional news bad enough and news is, well new (usually). Some of the local radio stations where I live are OK, but the thing that suggests how bad local TV would is the adverts. Local adverts where I live are atrocious, I can't imagine what the programming might be like.

  • Comment number 100.

    11. At 11:09am on 19 Jan 2011, Bob wrote:

    I sense an excuse for the TV licence fee to be increased to further fill the pockets of the parasites at the BBC

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    Nothing to do with the BBC but by all means, continue with yout tedious soundbytes.

 

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