Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport has outlined the Government's vision for local broadcasting in the UK.
"We know that what is now needed is a far-reaching re-examination of the communications environment in this country—a process that will culminate in a new Communications Act in the second half of this parliament." said Hunt.
"In the weeks and months ahead, I will be looking at a variety of ways in which our existing public service broadcasters can play their part in supporting the development of a viable and sustainable local TV landscape"
The Secretary of State reiterated the Government's commitment to removing all the local cross-media ownership rules and announced a series of measures to encourage a network of local, cross-platform multimedia TV services by redefining 'public service broadcasting' to emphasise local content, legislating to clarify which public service broadcasters should be listed on the front page of electronic programme guides and their 'online equivalents'. Hunt also said the Government would be working with the BBC to encourage partnership with local media providers.
The full local media action plan will be published before the end of the year.
Image: Jeremy Hunt at the RTS
DTG Staff | 28.09.2010