MSP secures government support for regional TV service

HAWICK MSP John Lamont has secured the support of Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop for a South of Scotland TV service.

Speaking to the Hawick News, Mr Lamont said: “I was very pleased to see in its report that Ofcom considered a dedicated regional service as an option for the South of Scotland. I thouroughly believe that this is the best way forward for TV viewers in the Borders as we would receive a far more tailored TV service.

“It is good news that the Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hylsop MSP, has clarified the Scottish Government’s position on this and has come out in support of this instead of the Scotland-wide programming.”

The Tory members also said he felt local programming was essential in helping to keep people in touch with what’s going on in their region, and this was especially important in a rural region such as the Borders.

And he added: “I look forward to seeing how programming in the South of Scotland will develop and I am greatly pleased that the Scottish Government has stated its dedication to local broadcasting and programming. They share my belief that the Borders will be better served by a dedicated service rather than a homogenous Scottish service which would undoubtedly lead to a drop in local content.”