Consultation open on regional TV news

REGULATOR Ofcom has launched a consultation on two options for the future of ITV’s news broadcasting in the Borders.

It comes as part of a larger consultation on TV broadcast licences, looking specifically at programming obligations.

For the Border licence, Ofcom has published two alternative proposals to increase the amount of regional news and current affairs programming in the area, aimed at enhancing the coverage of Scottish issues.

Ofcom was asked by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to carry out research into the preferences of Border viewers for regional news late last year.

The consultation is open until May 2 and can be found on the Ofcom website.

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