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Regional News Question

How would you prefer one hundred and fifty million pounds of your money to be spent?

How would you prefer one hundred and fifty million pounds of yo
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Digital Britain - local TV news question

If the £150m of the BBC licence fee is to be spent on regional news, would you prefer it to:

a) Support the current ITV regional news service so you can have two REGIONAL news programmes to watch at 6:30pm

b) Scrap ITV regional news, make the BBC regions smaller and provide both a 6:30pm programme and a 24-hour local news channel, with the following local areas (approx 2 million people in each):

  • 501-Bristol, Bath and Western Today
  • 502-Cambridge and Bedford Today
  • 503-Cumbria and Northwest Counties Today
  • 504-Devon and Cornwall Today
  • 505-Dorset and Wiltshire Today
  • 506-Durham and Northumberland Today
  • 507-East Midlands Counties Today (Notts/Derbys/Lincs/Northamptons/Leictersh/Rutland)
  • 508-Edinburgh and Glasgow Today (Perth, Dundee)
  • 509-Essex and Herts Today
  • 510-Highlands and Islands Today
  • 511-Kent, East Sussex and Brighton Today
  • 512-Leicester/Nottingham/Derby Today
  • 513-London* Today
  • 517-M4 Corridor Today(Oxford, Reading, Slow, Woking)
  • 518-Manchester Today
  • 519-Merseyside and Blackpool Today
  • 520-Norfolk and Suffolk Today
  • 521-North and Rural Wales Today
  • 522-Northern Ireland Today
  • 523-Rural Scotland Today
  • 524-South Wales Coast ("M5") Today (Cardiff, Swansea, Newport, Rhondda)
  • 525-Southampton and Hampshire Today
  • 526-Surrey and West Sussex Today
  • 527-Tyne and Wear Today
  • 528-Herefords/Shrops/Saff-shires Today
  • 529-Stoke/Warws/Woucest-shires Today
  • 530-West Midlands (Birmingham) Metropolitan Today
  • 531-West Yorkshire Today (Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax etc)
  • 532-South Yorkshire Today
  • 533-York and North Yorkshire Today
  • 534-Hull, East Riding and North Lincs Today


The general idea would be each Freeview transmitter would carry 1 to 4 local programmes, dependent on the area, with all services being on satellite and cable.

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