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Television: Local and Regional Programming

Lord Rogan asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Baroness Blackstone): The Government have set out in their White Paper, A New Future for Communications, their proposals to retain and to strengthen the regional dimension to public service broadcasting to ensure that it meets the needs of different communities and cultural interests. Under the proposed new three-tier structure for the regulation of broadcasting, ITV licensees will have to comply with targets for regional programming and regional productions.

Lord Rogan asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Blackstone: The Independent Television Commission is responsible for regulating and monitoring the requirements in the ITV licences for regional programming. The average weekly amount of new and repeat regional programming provided by each of the 16 regional Channel 3 licences for 1998, 1999 and 2000 is:

199819992000
LicenseeAchieved Hrs: MinsAchieved Hrs: MinsAchieved Hrs: Mins
Anglia10:4911:2911:02
Border5:495:546:09
Carlton10:099:439:47
Central17:4317:1717:39
Channel6:095:455:49
Grampian8:5410:2510:36
Granada9:5810:119:54
HTV Wales11:4612:0612:01
HTV West11:1811:2311:21
LWT4:034:093:55
Meridian16:1116:3015:57
Scottish22:1522:1121:24
Tyne Tees10:3610:3510:28
Ulster14:1512:5612:58
Westcountry12:0412:1212:23
Yorkshire14:5215:2314:46
Total186:51188:09186:09

NB. These figures exclude additional sub-regional programmes produced by Anglia, Border, Central, Meridian, Tyne Tees, Westcountry and Yorkshire.



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