Local TV lessons from the United States


The government has been setting out plans for local TV in its Local Media Action Plan, which is due to be published later this month.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt told an MPs' select committee he wants to see a thriving local TV sector so that MPs can be held accountable by their constituents.

Mr Hunt usually cites the example of Birmingham, Alabama in the United States as a model for the UK.

The American city has four local TV channels while its UK namesake, Birmingham in the West Midlands, has none.

BBC Politics Show West Midlands' David Gregory has been to Birmingham, Alabama to find out what lessons can be learned in the UK.

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