Tories to create space for new national network

The Conservatives have told ATV Network that they would create space for a new national network for local TV companies as the row over the local news consortia grows.

The news comes off the back of the shadow culture secretary Jeremy Hunt’s comments to the Financal Times that he would prevent the current proposals becoming law, opting for a different approach in dealing with local news.
The Tories have wasted no time in stating that they would get rid of the current local news plans if they get into power. Speaking to ATV Network, Ed Vaizey told us:

The cost of TV news production has fallen dramatically thanks to changes in technology. But we will seek to lower the costs for new entrants to local TV even further by creating space for a new national network to provide prime time viewing for local TV affiliates.”

ATV Network looks at ITV’s regional news’ future here.