That this House notes with grave concern the plans put forward by ITV to reduce
its number of regional newsrooms from 17 to 9; further notes with particular
concern its proposal to merge the three current Meridian regional news
programmes; believes this would lead to the loss of a dedicated service for
Sussex and Kent and radically reduce the provision of local information to
viewers in the South East; further believes that such a merger would equate to a
neglect of public service broadcasting commitments by ITV and would presage the
end of local output on the channel; and calls upon the Government to press Ofcom
to refuse its approval for the merger.
The MPs are no doubt right in their fears. Perhaps now is the time to launch a regional internet TV station. There's no reason why, for comparatively little outlay, the ITV companies couldn't do that themselves.