Local News (January 25th 2010)
January 25, 2010 in Uncategorized
Anyone who believes quality local and regional news is important should be aware that the Tories have said they will pull the plug on regional news on ITV.
They say they’ll just leave matters to the market. But no-one who knows the TV or news business thinks quality regional news can be delivered by the market alone. Neither do they believe that the Tory idea of US-style ultra local TV channels is either economically viable or would be of any quality.
The Tories’ policy would leave the BBC with a monopoly, which would be bad for the BBC and for democracy.