Local TV Doesn’t Need Government Prompts

Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary wants a network of as many as 80 new, local TV stations. An Ofcom report says most will struggle to cover their costs off advertising alone and that comprehensive broadband coverage offers the best option for cheaper, effective delivery of content.

No. Shit. Sherlock.

In an age of intelligent YouTube channels (see OpenCulture), hyper-local news sites and easy-to-follow curators (Kottke is a personal favourite), why would the Government need to create more local TV stations? They already exist, albeit not (yet) to rival BBC NorthWest.

If the Coalition wants to trim the BBC, better just come out and say it.

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