Television Regions with Hard Transmission Borders and Viewers on the Edge

BBC and ITV Regional Television in the North of England, particularly in the North West and- to a lesser extent- in the North East of England do not seem to like covering any news on their programmes- other than that which occurs within the areas where viewers can see the respective Regional programmes. These HardContinue reading “Television Regions with Hard Transmission Borders and Viewers on the Edge”

It takes a huge tragedy to get Cumbrian coverage on BBC North West Tonight and ITV Granada

There were two separate tragedies in North West England over the weekend of 20th/ 21st June 2020. The first incident was a shooting at an illegal rave in the Moss Side area of Manchester in the early hours of Sunday morning. Two men sadly lost their lives as a result of the shooting. The secondContinue reading “It takes a huge tragedy to get Cumbrian coverage on BBC North West Tonight and ITV Granada”

15th June 2020: BBC North West Tonight. Still nothing to report about Cumbria.

South Cumbrian viewers of BBC North West Tonight must be getting heartily sick of being ignored. For a week-and-a-bit now we have had nothing north of Preston on the flagship BBC Regional Programme for North West England, nothing for the northern two- thirds of the geographical North West of England. The Isle of Man hasContinue reading “15th June 2020: BBC North West Tonight. Still nothing to report about Cumbria.”

The BBC spends less on Regional Television in North West England than elsewhere.

Dated 10th February 2018, Dear Readers If you live in the North West of England, particularly if you live anywhere north of Preston and wonder why the regional news on BBC’s North West Tonight has little of relevance to your area; it is because the BBC spends less per head of population and per square kilometreContinue reading “The BBC spends less on Regional Television in North West England than elsewhere.”

The BBC could spend much more money on Regional Television in the North West if it was more Efficient.

Dated 17th April 2018 Dear Readers, I stumbled across this article written for The Daily Mail on 14th June 2015: It is entitled “BBC Spends less than half its Cash on Programmes”. It details expenditure for the Accounting Year ending April 2014- this after the BBC was made to cut 20% off expenditure in realContinue reading “The BBC could spend much more money on Regional Television in the North West if it was more Efficient.”

The North West of England Proper: Perspectives on Regional Television output.

19th May 2018 Dear Readers, I aim to look at how the perception of Regional Programming changes within the North West of England that those making the programmes need to bear in mind. What people in the North West of England consider to be “North West” will vary as one travels north from Cheshire, throughContinue reading “The North West of England Proper: Perspectives on Regional Television output.”

Again No Coverage North of Preston on North West Tonight. That’s the Whole Week!

I have watched BBC North West tonight again, protesters of rioters defacing a “Penny Lane” sign in Liverpool, Sikhs in Manchester discussing the opening of their places of worship, the Manager of Bolton Wanderers having to resign after the football club’s relegation to Division 2, TT Races Not Going Ahead on the Isle of ManContinue reading “Again No Coverage North of Preston on North West Tonight. That’s the Whole Week!”

BBC North West Tonight and North West England Politics

On the night of the General Election- the evening of 12th December 2019- a telling little feature of BBC North West’s Election Night coverage for the North West was a Whiteboard display showing all the counties and the Parliamentary Constituencies in each county. What might have incensed Cumbrian viewers of BBC North West’s coverage wasContinue reading “BBC North West Tonight and North West England Politics”

The North West Gypsies Not Told about Appleby Fair

In June every year, if you live anywhere in Cumbria, Lancashire or indeed in Northumberland and Durham in the North East of England, and you live in a relatively rural area you will notice an annual phenomenon: Lots of horse- drawn carriages on the roads, sometimes groups of two or three of them together. YouContinue reading “The North West Gypsies Not Told about Appleby Fair”

BBC North West Tonight on 11th June 2020: Nothing for Cumbria and Lancashire

I have just watched North West Tonight on I-player. What an indictment to viewers in the North West of England who live north of the River Mersey. There was nothing about their area at all. The exception was coverage of the Isle of Man being Coronavirus free after three months. However, for someone living inContinue reading “BBC North West Tonight on 11th June 2020: Nothing for Cumbria and Lancashire”