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Commission response to Ofcom’s Public Service Broadcasting Review 5 December 2008

The Communications Commission has published today its response to Ofcom on proposals to merge Border and Tyne Tees news which would directly affect the Isle of Man. The submission also summarises the results from the recent public consultation which invited views on proposals to change ITV’s regional news coverage.

The Commission, Tynwald and the great majority of respondents to our consultation are of the opinion that viewers and the Island would be better served by being part of the ITV Granada region due to our cultural, economic and social links with the North West of England. The Communications Commission also welcomes assurances from ITV plc that Isle of Man news gathering resources will be retained irrespective of whether the Island is served by the Border/Tyne Tees news region or the Granada region.

Three in four respondents (77%) felt that the Isle of Man and its viewers would be better served by being part of the ITV Granada region as opposed to being served by the proposed merged Border and Tyne Tees news operations. A minority (17%) were in favour of the proposed merged news service. The remainder (6%) could see advantages of either option, had no fixed views either way or wanted to retain the existing Border news service. The issue was reported and debated on the radio, internet and in the Island’s newspapers. In total we received 120 responses from Members of Tynwald, Government Departments, Statutory Boards, Parish Commissioners, Women’s Institutes, Manx Radio and other organisations and individuals from across the Island.

Hon Adrian Earnshaw MHK, Chairman of the Communications Commission said:

On behalf of the Commission I would like to thank everyone who responded to the consultation and for their considered responses. The Commission also welcomed ITV and Ofcom’s willingness to meet and take into account views from the Isle of Man.

To obtain a copy of the document please click the following link http://www.gov.im/lib/docs/government/ccresponsetoofcompsb4december.pdf .

For further information, please contact:

Dr Carmel McLaughlin,
Director of the Communications Commission.
Tel: 01624 677022.

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