I would like to take this opportunity to remind anyone who visits this Website who lives either in the northern two- thirds of North West England, the Isle of Man or indeed Northumberland to share their views on the BBC and ITV Regional Television where they live: Is the Local News where you live really “Local” or even half- “Local”. What can be done to improve Regional Television where you are?
If you live in Lancashire or South Cumbria are you happy with both BBC North West Tonight and ITV Granada Reports offering 80%-plus Manchester/ Merseyside/ Cheshire output, little coverage of Lancashire and South Cumbria and none of northern Cumbria (which is still part of North West England geographically). If you live on the Isle of Man are you happy to have 95% coverage of mainland (southern) North West England both with BBC North West and ITV Granada- without any real local alternative?
If you live in North or West Cumbria you will have ITV Border, which is arguably excellent (but maybe you think there’s too much coverage of southern Scotland). Do you like BBC Look North with 85% coverage of North East England or would you a) Want much more Cumbrian coverage and b) have other Regional news mainly about Lancashire (not Manchester/ Merseyside) and the Scottish borders, but not North East England? Do share your views.
Finally, if you live in Northumberland, do you think BBC Look North and ITV Tyne Tees covers too little of your county and far too focused on Tyneside, Wearside, Teesside and parts of North Yorkshire (and, in the case of BBC Look North, Cumbrian news)? Do you think overlap coverage into southern Scotland would provide better all-round coverage of areas you want to hear about if you live in northern Northumberland.
What do you think of the That’s (Cumbria/ Lancashire) TV available on Channel 8 (Freeview). Do you think these very local TV stations will ever get off the ground to provide an alternative to BBC North West Tonight, ITV Granada, BBC Look North (North East/ Cumbria), ITV Border and ITV Tyne Tees. Share your views here: https://northwestisnorthwest.org/contact/