Regional television stations could work, says TV industry source

The television journalist who founded and ran Pembrokeshire TV has suggested the government’s plans to create regional broadcast stations could succeed.

Gordon Main told WalesOnline that he thoroughly enjoyed his time at the Welsh channel and highlighted how it broke several national stories.

However, he stressed the importance of such organisations staying completely independent of local authorities and businesses.

In his opinion, the proposals could work, creating employment opportunities in towns across the UK for people looking for broadcast jobs.

David Donovan, national organiser for Wales of the broadcasting union Bectu, told the news provider the level of training and experience of staff will be key.

He said: “What we would expect is that anyone working in the sector would have sufficient training to deliver programmes of a high standard, and that they would be employed on professional terms and conditions.”

According to BBC News, the licences for the first 65 local services will be advertised later this year, with Ofcom due to award the contracts in 2012.

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt was reported as saying that he wants people to be able to tune into programmes that are relevant to them and claimed there is a significant appetite for local news.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has been assigned the task of ascertaining the level of interest in each area.

by Paul Smithson on August 18, 2011

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