Ofcom agree to localised TV service in the Borders

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Ofcom have agreed to air enhanced coverage of Scottish issues in the ITV Border licence region in Scotland.

In addition to reinstating the full 30 minutes of Lookaround weekday evening news relevant to the region, Ofcom has recommended a further weekly 90 minutes of regional programming is broadcast for viewing in the Border region, which may be shared with STV.

Local MSP John Lamont has welcomed the news .

He said: “It is very clear from the many letters and emails that I have had from constituents on this issue that they wanted to see a return to a news service that was more focussed on our area.

“When the decision was taken to merge Border TV with the Tyne Tees region, many people were hugely upset as it meant we lost a news service tailored to our area.

“Ofcom’s own research shows viewers in the Borders are not interested in news from other areas but rather want more news and information about what is going on in their local area.”

While fellow MSP Paul Wheelhouse added his delight.

”Not only is the news going to be local and relevant but the new requirement for 90 minutes of weekly regional broadcasting now gives ITV the opportunity to provide coverage of issues in greater depth, from a Border perspective,” he said.