Posted by heterodox (U14291406) on Saturday, 16th March 2013
Not quite, according to RT in this week's issue, but 19 towns have already been given a 12 year licence to broadcast and a further 28 will be invited to apply later this year.
So; where does this leave regional programming like Look East? Even more redundant than they already are I would say. The trouble with regions as they exist is that they are far too large. I can manage a bit of interest if a story about neighbours combining to move a shed happened just down the road but not if the sweating and heaving took place more than a hundred miles away.
Moreover: any important story covered has already been on national news and so is a duplication. We have, in Mike Liggins, an ideal man to cover the trivia that is left but is keeping him in employment a sufficient reason for maintaining what is undoubtedly a very expensive service?
Posted by zelda (U2012536) ** on Saturday, 16th March 2013
I get Look East and it is of no relevance to the town where I live. It centres on Cambridge, Northampton, Corby and rarely if ever mentions this town. I can also get London News and that is as bad.
Posted by fourthelephant (U15487252) on Saturday, 16th March 2013
Know what you mean zelda. All the attention round here goes to the cities and the tourist towns, not much to our quite large, non-tourist town. We always cheer when we, rarely, get a mention.
Posted by Bananas are the best (U15650112) on Sunday, 17th March 2013
Here is the government announcement on the matter:
Posted by Peta (U24) on Monday, 18th March 2013
That's an informative link, thanks Bob.
Creating a local TV framework so that local TV services can be set up across the UK
We want to create a thriving industry of local television services, which will create jobs and help local communities choose TV content that is relevant to them.
We are giving licensed local TV services access to affordable spectrum (the section of the airwaves required to transmit their signals) and a prominent position on TV electronic programme guides. In return for these benefits, local TV services will be required to provide local content which meets the needs of local people and is relevant to their daily lives.
The BBC is contributing up to £40 million toward creating independent local television: up to £25 million towards capital costs of building the local TV infrastructure and up to £5 million per year over three years to acquire local content.
We have passed laws that give Ofcom the power to award local TV licences, and they are currently awarding them to companies across the UK.
In total, Ofcom will award local TV licences to 19 locations across the UK, with the first of these expected to begin transmission before the end of 2013.
More on the page...
Posted by heterodox (U14291406) on Monday, 18th March 2013
'....a local TV framework so that local TV services can be set up across the UK.'
Thanks Peta and thanks Bob. This seems like a local service that people will find useful.
Begs the question that I raised about where this leaves the regions as they now exist. Running side by side, they and the new local services would create a pointless duplication so would the regions would have to go?
Taken overall, dispensing with them would be a good thing but I do have sympathy with many of the staff involved. On Look East Susie Fowler-Watt, Janine Machin and David Ripley, among others, do a good professional job but some of them are simply examples of 'concealed unemployment' in my view.
Posted by dayraven (U13717520) ** on Monday, 18th March 2013
Running side by side, they and the new local services would create a pointless duplication so would the regions would have to go?
That assumes that the local services are successful, and provide a good news service, neither of which is proven yet.
Posted by Bananas are the best (U15650112) on Monday, 18th March 2013
Here is a list of winners of the first round of licenses. With each one there is a link details of the application, and to what they call an Indicative Schedule:
While it does not tell you how they will do, it does give you an idea of what is going on.
Posted by heterodox (U14291406) on Tuesday, 19th March 2013
'That assumes that the local services are successful, and provide a good news service, neither of which is proven yet.'
Well: yes of course, but my point is that the 'regions' are not providing a good service now because the areas covered are too big and in no real sense are they local. The logic, as I see it, is to replace something which has proved itself inadequate with something that might be better.
If you require an absolute guarantee of success before any change is made then that can only lead to stagnation.
Posted by dayraven (U13717520) ** on Tuesday, 19th March 2013
The logic, as I see it, is to replace something which has proved itself inadequate with something that might be better.
Fair enough, what I'm arguing against is getting rid of regional broadcasting *before* local broadcasting has proved itself.
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