Borders could soon be moved to STV area

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AFTER losing its regional news service over two years ago, when Border Television news was amalgamated with Tyne Tees, latest suggestions are that south of Scotland viewers should be moved into the STV area.

Ofcom, the UK government’s communications watchdog, has suggested that when the current licences to broadcast run out in 2014 one of the options for the future would be to have just four major channel 3 licensees - bringing south of Scotland viewers into the STV region.

Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for the South of Scotland, said about the proposals: “Broadcast news provision in the region over the last few years has undergone substantial changes.

“Worryingly, there is no mention in the document of how these proposals from Ofcom will affect news provision in the region, whether there will be distinct services for different areas or one whole news service for the region, or indeed whether news will simply be lumped in with STV coverage.

“It’s critical that regional and local variation is maintained within future news provision and this can be best achieved through Border TV.”