MP welcomes better TV news coverage

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has welcomed the news that improvements to local TV coverage have taken a step forward.

The MP’s comments come after the announcement that local people are being encouraged to retune their Freeview boxes on 13 November to ensure they will be able to pick up the new ITV Border Scotland from January 2014.

The advice comes after ITV Borders advised that following completion of engineering work to their transmitters, some households in the region may need to retune their boxes. This engineering work will enable separate programmes to be broadcast to ITV Border Scotland and ITV Border from January 2014.

The change is part of a series of improvements to the ITV service following a report from TV regulator Ofcom published in July. The proposals include 30 minutes of weekday early evening news for the Border region, covering both sides of the Scotland-England border and a further 90 minutes of regional programming for the Scottish part of the region.

Russell Brown MP said, “I am glad to see that the work is going ahead on the transmitters and looks to be on schedule. It means that’s from January 2014, we in Dumfries and Galloway can enjoy own Scotland-specific current affairs programmes while those viewers in Cumbria continue to watch to the same programmes as the rest of England. We can also look forward to current affairs specifically made for our region. However, it is important for local people to remember that from 12pm on 13 November local people may need to retune their Freeview boxes to ensure they can continue watching ITV Borders.”