UK Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt added a little flesh to the bones of his idea for more local tv today. Speaking at the Oxford Media Convention, he promised a new Communications Act in place by 2015, and invited bids from parties interested in running local television services. He appeared to indicate that he was more attracted to Greg Dyke’s suggestion that there could be up to 80 local tv channels, rather than the 10 – 15 that Nicholas Shott suggested.
Still unclear is the question of how much funding any of these stations might attract – suffice to say that it is unlikely to be very much. Critics – such as Press Gazette’s Dominic Ponsford – have already poured scorn on Hunt’s suggestions.