Local TV

I’ve been invited- but I’m not going – to an event in Manchester this Friday to discuss local TV with Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, to talk about local TV services.

I am wondering why this is, as the invite below says, one of the Government’s top media priorities? What do Bristol people – or indeed anyone who cares to comment – think? Do we want/ need a local TV station in Bristol? Would you watch if it we did?

The consultation closes 23rd September – address for responses is local.tv@culture.gsi.gov.uk


The Secretary of State for Culture, the Olympics, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt would like to invite you to attend a summit on one of the Government’s top media priorities, local TV.

DCMS recently published a list of the locations  that have the potential to receive a new local TV service….. The event will give you the opportunity to hear more about his vision for local TV and consider and question the views of Mr Hunt and other interested parties.

You may wish to look at the Government’s new framework proposals for local TV in the UK in advance of the event.

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  • Oliver  On August 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Well I’ll kick off with a vote for “no”. There’s already any number of blogs and twitter feeds (plus of course Points West 🙂 ) that let me know what’s going on locally.

  • Michael  On August 15, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    There is an argument for hyper-local TV as was demonstrated by the Sikh channel Sangat TV in Birmingham which had excellent riot coverage from there. Unfortunatly outside of this rare event their programming hasn’t been particularly inspiring to say the least. Their key was having some technology that allowed them to roam the city and broadcast from anywhere without the use of a Sat-truck. ( The quality was fine for an internet stream or an inpromtu remote. )

    I’d prefer that the money for these local stations went to either ITV or BBC for additional Bristol based coverage ( probably internet based ) and rely on their expertise to create quality reports on local issues. In radio you can achieve a professional result with relatively inexpensive equipment, a modicum of experience and a small staff. In TV the bar is so much much higher to achieve a professional result ( or even just acceptable ) and in under the numbers I saw probably wouldn’t get there.

  • John Deane  On August 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Will this be broadcast TV or some form of internet TV channel? If the former I’d vote ‘No’ as I just don’t see being watched that much. There may be a place for the latter but I am not sure the medium of broadcast TV has much of a future at the local level.

  • atlanticjaxx  On August 17, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Vote me a yes, as much as I like Points West it tends to be a magazine show for the westcountry. I would like to see more dedicated Bristol-area news output.. ITV makes a v.poor attempt too.

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