News transmission changes given a warm reception

CHANGES by ITV Border to allow separate broadcasts in England and Scotland have been welcomed by Christine Grahame, MSP for Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.

Transmission alterations currently being carried out on Freeview will allow separate broadcasts to two “sub-regions” – ITV Border England and ITV Border Scotland. This will enable new services to begin broadcasting in January.

Ms Grahame said: “I have been in regular contact with ITV Border this year, particularly with regard to programmes about the referendum not being shown in my constituency, so I am pleased now that the station will be providing a dedicated news programme for the area.

“I believe Ofcom (communications regulator) also wants 90 minutes of other weekly regional programming, which I think will appeal to many of the constituents who have raised issues with me about the lack of relevancy to the Borders since ITV merged its local service with Tyne Tees.”

As part of the preparations, engineering work is taking place to allow the separate programming. Freeview viewers using the Selkirk or Caldbeck Scotland transmitter groups may need to retune.