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Consultation on changes to ITV regional news service 13 October 2008

The Communications Commission is inviting written responses, by Friday 21 November 2008, to its consultation paper published today on proposals to change ITV’s regional news coverage of the Isle of Man.

Responses will inform the Commission’s response to Ofcom’s Second Public Service Broadcasting Review. Ofcom is the UK Office of Communications which licenses and regulates ITV. Any changes to ITV’s regional service agreed by Ofcom will be reflected in the appropriate ITV regional licence.

This consultation can be viewed online at www.gov.im/government/boards/cc.xml. Following the closing date all responses will be analysed and considered. This will help inform the Commission’s submission to Ofcom. Ofcom is expected to make its decision on proposed changes to ITV’s regional news and to publish a final statement in early 2009.

Notes:

  1. The Communications Commission, a Statutory Board, regulates the telecommunications and broadcasting sectors on the Island.
  2. Ofcom published the second phase of its review of Public Service Broadcasting ( PSB) on 25 September 2009. Ofcom proposes that: “Border and Tyne Tees news to be merged, but with separate 15-minute sequences in the main weekday programme for viewers in the Border and TyneTees areas and separate late-evening bulletins.” Ofcom is not consulting on preserving the status quo.
  3. The Communications Commission welcomes views on whether the Isle of Man and its viewers would be better served by remaining part of the new ITV Tyne Tees & Border news region or by being part of ITV Granada.
  4. Ofcom has said “On the face of it, it makes sense for the transmitters to stay with Border on the grounds that the Isle of Man would get more air time if it stays with Border rather than the more urban population of Granada, but Ofcom is aware that transport and other links from the IOM tend to be with the North West so we welcome views from the Island on this point.”

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