How do the new ITV local news regions compare with the BBC?
Brian Butterworth published on UK Free TV
BBC and ITV national regional services matchIn the following regions, the BBC and ITV services have the same geographical coverage and the services are a full half-hour of regional news weekday evenings. The percentages in brackets are the proportion of the total UK population served.
BBC London and ITV London (18.46%)
BBC North West Tonight and ITV Granada (11.44%)
BBC Wales and ITV Wales (4.51%)
BBC Northern Ireland and UTV (2.15%)
BBC Channel Islands and ITV Channel (0.28%)
BBC provides more than ITVIn the following regions, the BBC and ITV services have the same geographical coverage and the services are a full half-hour of regional news weekday evenings on BBC One, but just 20 minutes on ITV.
BBC West Midlands and ITV Central West (11.72%)
BBC Yorkshire and ITV Calendar North (7.45%)
BBC Points West and ITV West Country East (3.77%)
BBC Lincolnshire + E Yorkshire and ITV Calendar South (2.75%)
BBC Spotlight South West and ITV West Country West (2.71%)
BBC East Midlands and ITV Central East (2.40%)
ITV will be more local than the BBCThe Anglia region is served by a 30 minute programme on the BBC, which has about 10 minutes of opt-out for the Cambridge side of the region. ITV will be providing 20 minutes of dedicated news for both Anglia East and Anglia West.
The BBC North East region covers an area which ITV split between ITV Tyne Tees (5.37%) and ITV Border (England) (0.86%).
ITV Tyne Tees will have 20 minutes of local news, as will Border. The BBC will provide 30 minutes of news covering both the east and west.
Scotland: STV winsThe nation of Scotland is covered by a single BBC region (in HD), but gets coverage from five regions on channel 3:
STV Central (Glasgow), 3.40%
STV North (Aberdeen) (1.08%)
STV Central (Edinburgh), 0.85%
STV North (Dundee), (0.38%)
Border (Scotland), (0.18%)
Ofcom "have also decided that the licence for Border should require separate DTT transmissions for the English and Scottish areas. It will be a matter for ITV if it decides to provide split satellite transmissions â these are not provided under PSB licences. "
See also Micro Regions - STV Sales.
ITV Meridian: it's complicatedThe only part of England where there is significant difference in the provision of news services between ITV and the BBC is in the South East of England.
The BBC provides two main programmes BBC South Today (from Southampton) and BBC South East Today (from Tunbridge Wells). The BBC also provides a 15 minute opt-out from South Today for Oxfordshire.
Under the new proposals, there will be two 20 minutes programmes on ITV - ITV Meridian South Coast and ITV Meridian South East.
However, Meridian South East is not the same area as BBC South East. It doesn't include the Brighton and Hove conurbation, and it does include much of West Sussex (served by the Midhurst transmitter region) which is in the BBC Southampton area.
The Hannington transmitter area - the M3/M4 corridor area also known as the Thames Valley, joins with Oxfordshire on ITV to form a TWO MINUTE opt-out from an ITV programme that covers the same as BBC Southampton (minus Brighton and Midhurst).
So, in Oxfordshire you get 15 minutes from the BBC and 2 minutes covering a larger area from ITV. It is notable that the current situation, where the Oxford transmitter doesn't provide a full opt-out is actually breaking the licence condition.
Note that, technically the Oxford transmitter remains part of the ITV Central region. ITV Sales still use "Central South" to describe the Ridge Hill and Oxford transmitter areas.
Super served? Ridge HillFor historical reasons, if you are served directly by the Ridge Hill transmitter, you have an extra ITV broadcast to you. You don't just get ITV Central West, but also ITV West Country East. No such choice is provided by the BBC on Freeview.
Regions by populationIt is probably worth remembering in the UK, most of the population lives in the urban areas, with rural areas having very low population density. This diagram shows the relative population sizes of the BBC nations and regions:
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Douglas Burgneay: Bluebell Hill broadcasts BBC South East regional news. You must have been picking up London region from another transmitter. Please provide a full postcode so that we can see which transmitters are available at your postcode, where you are in relation to them and your predicted coverage etc.
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