26th November 2022 Dear Readers I have watched BBC1 Look North (North East/ Cumbria) last night (Friday 25th November) and also the short week-end bulletin tonight (Saturday 26th). Today is, of course, the anniversary of Storm Arwen that swept through the North East and Cumbria causing so much damage. THE AFTERMATH OF STORM ARWEN NEAR … Continue reading Storm Arwen One Year On- and BBC Look North (NE) may be giving Northumberland more coverage- But Less for North Yorkshire
3rd November 2022 Dear Readers Recent developments, as the BBC considers how to save money in the face of rising costs and the TV Licence fee being frozen until 2027, means that Regional TV in North East England faces a more uncertain future than it has done until now. Were BBC1 Look North (NE/ Cumbria) … Continue reading BBC Cuts Portend an Uncertain Future for Regional TV in North East England
8th September 2022 Dear Readers The lack of geographic-appropriate Regional TV, as watch by viewers, affects over six million people living across large swathes of Scotland and northern England, as well as the Isle of Man: It is not just in Northumberland and North Yorkshire that Regional TV News- coverage is not geographic- appropriate for. … Continue reading Across Large Areas of Northern England and Scotland, BBC and ITV Regional TV is unsatisfactory.
10th August 2022 Dear Readers A consideration that viewers of Regional TV who live "North of The Tyne" in North East England is that there is a Democratic Deficit in terms of representation by, and choice of, Regional TV for viewers in Northumberland. This is borne out by the news-coverage in both BBC1 Look North … Continue reading A “Democratic Deficit” for Viewers in Northern North-East England
8th May 2022 Dear Readers Regional Television, as serves viewers at the rural northern and southern peripheries of North East England, is scarcely local or geographic-appropriate for viewers in those areas. In northern Northumberland, in particular, where areas local to communities are only going be in Northumberland, the eastern Scottish Borders, and East Lothian nearer … Continue reading Regional News for North East England must be funded better. Northumberland and North Yorkshire continue to suffer little Local News- coverage.
23rd February 2022 Dear Readers If you live in Berwick upon Tweed, or in Wooler, Bamburgh or even as far south along the coast as Seahouses, you are still more than an hour's drive north from from Newcastle upon Tyne (or over 50 miles away). That means that, to all intents and purposes, the regional … Continue reading There is No ITV1 or BBC1 Regional News Service that really caters for viewers in far North East Northumberland
30th December 2021 Dear Readers Hello. I am currently staying with my brother in Switzerland during Christmas and the New Year where Regional and Local Television is treated somewhat more generously per capita of the population compared to Northern England (that is Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, North East England and all North West England plus the Isle … Continue reading Regional Television in Switzerland
6th December 2021 Dear Readers On the 26th November 2021, the evening after this picture was taken in rural south-west Northumberland, communities in areas covered by those shown in the above picture- that is the Tyne Valley and looking north across western rural Northumberland to the Scottish Border were without power as violent storms battered … Continue reading THE NORTHUMBERLAND SCOTTISH BORDERS REGION LACKS REAL NEWS COVERAGE ON REGIONAL TELEVISION- AND RECENTLY LACKED THE WHEREWITHALL TO WATCH IT TOO!
SCOTTISH BORDER BETWEEN NORTHUMBERLAND AND THE SCOTTISH BORDER NW OF KIELDER RESERVOIR, AUGUST 2021 2nd October 2021 Dear Readers When Emperor Hadrian had built the famous wall that takes his name in AD122, it was to mark the most north-west extent of his Roman kingdom: The part that was south of Hadrian's Wall was Britannia, … Continue reading North East England North of Hadrians Wall. The lack of any news- coverage North of the Border is unacceptable- for obvious reasons.
28th August 2021 I have been for a lovely country drive into rural Northumberland and across into the Scottish Borders on a fantastic Bank Holiday week-end. Who can complain! Do sample some nice views of this oft- neglected part of the World by North East Regional Television- this Website will showcase some of these places … Continue reading A Sunny Warm August Day: Views from Near Kielder and the Scottish Border
21st August 2021 This is a Website that campaigns for better and more geographic- appropriate Regional Television for rural Northumberland. However, there is a real chance that what viewers in northern parts of North East England, indeed all of North East England and including North Yorkshire will end up with an even worse and less … Continue reading Regional TV in North East England by 2050. A Worst Case Scenario
14th August 2021 Dear Readers Berwick upon Tweed and North Northumberland- that is north of Alnwick- have stronger links with the Scottish Borders than the rest of Northumberland. This is not surprising given that Berwick-upon-Tweed was once part of Scotland and that the ancient county of Berwickshire- of which Berwick-upon-Tweed was the administrative town- extends … Continue reading For the Good Folk of Berwick-upon-Tweed That’s TV Edinburgh/ South Scotland would provide better cross- Border News
July 2021 Dear Readers The vast rural area of northern Britain that encompasses rural mid and northern Northumberland, the Scottish Borders, West and East Lothian (just south and east of Edinburgh) along with the extreme north of Cumbria north of Carlisle covers an area of some 5,000 square miles: For all practical purposes this massive … Continue reading A Regional News- Service for Northumberland and the Scottish Borders
Dear Readers North Northumbrian viewers of Regional Television would be best- served by a Regional and Local News- service that covers Northumberland and the Scottish Borders, with some overlap coverage south to cover Tyneside, Wearside, and County Durham, some overlap west to cover Carlisle and North Cumbria and overlap northwards to cover the East and … Continue reading Good- quality timely Regional News for rural Northumberland and North Yorkshire is actually a vital Public Service.
4th July 2021 Dear Readers I live in the extreme north-east of Cumbria near the remote village of Nenthead in the North Pennines: The North Pennines and surrounding rural areas covers a really large area and for the purposes of Regional Television News- coverage. It is bounded by the Tyne gap and A69 to the … Continue reading Viewers in rural Western County Durham and northern Yorkshire Dales also get little local news- coverage in Regional TV bulletins
The Coast at Alnmouth, Northumberland. Rural Northumberland would benefit from collaboration between ITV1 Tyne Tees and BBC1 Look North (NE and Cumbria) so that rural areas like much of Northumberland get better local news-coverage. (Photo courtesy of bobmcp @ Pixabay ) May 2021 Dear Readers One of the problems that viewers in rural Northumberland- and … Continue reading North Northumbrians Would Benefit from Collaboration between BBC1 Look North and ITV1 Tyne Tees
9th March 2021 Dear Readers Recently, there has been more coverage of Northumberland on BBC Look North (North East/ Cumbria). On this evening's Look North there was coverage of the proposed dualling of the A1 through Northumberland up to the Scottish Border and the re-opening of Belford station in northern Northumberland as part of a … Continue reading Geographically- appropriate Regional Television News in Northumberland
2nd January 2021 Dear Readers If you live in a Northumberland community close to the Scottish Border, in towns like Cornhill on Tweed, Wooler and Otterburn, the now real possibility of Scotland breaking away from the United Kingdom and becoming a nation in its own right might not occur to you as something of real … Continue reading Scottish Independence will affect whether North Northumbrians can find out what is happening across the Scottish Border on Regional Television news.
14th December 2020 Dear Readers Viewers of Regional Television in rural Northumberland, which potentially number over 200,000 individuals have a simple recourse if they are fed up with the lack of coverage of their area and the immediate north of them on ITV Tyne Tees or BBC Look North. They can do this in a … Continue reading If Northumbrians vote with their Televisions, both BBC Look North and ITV Tyne-Tees will take notice
Dear Readers, My previous post looked at how viewers of North East Regional Television who live in northern Northumberland could obtain more localised news- coverage and also find out about significant happenings on the Scottish side of the Scottish Border (https://looknorthmustlooknorth.org/2020/10/31/some-north-northumbrians-can-get-itv-border-scotland-if-they-twiddle-the-signal-reception-on-their-televisions-and-point-their-aerials-north/). Today, there is the option of tweaking aerials, and getting Sky Television or Freeview … Continue reading In the Very Unfortunate event that ITV Border is scrapped in ITV Cuts, there will still be STV East that northern Northumberland’s Viewers could get
THE TRANSMISSION AREA OF ITV BORDER (SCOTLAND). OFFICIALLY ITV BORDER (SCOTLAND) CAN ONLY BE WATCHED ON THE SCOTTISH SIDE OF THE SCOTTISH BORDER. HOWEVER, ITV BORDER SCOTLAND CAN BE PICKED UP IN BERWICK-UPON-TWEED, COLDSTREAM AND CORNHILL ON TWEED (AREAS IN BOTTOM HALF OF THE BLUE SHADING ON THE RIGHT OF THE MAP) 31st October 2020 … Continue reading Some North Northumbrians CAN get ITV (Border) Scotland if they Twiddle the Signal Reception on their Televisions and point their Aerials NORTH.
There was a news report on broadband being rolled out in mid-Northumberland on ITV Tyne Tees this evening (https://t.co/Wc9uFj1M0H?amp=1). It was the first news- item from anywhere significantly North of Tyne for several days. It is very clear that viewers of Regional Television who live in Northumberland more than twenty miles north and north-west of … Continue reading Rural Northumberland receives hardly any coverage whatsoever either on BBC Look North or ITV Tyne Tees. ITV Border (Scotland) could come to the rescue.
View of the small town of Kelso in the Scottish Borders, taken from the air. This is somewhere that is very unlikely ever to feature on BBC Look North (NE/ Cumbria) or ITV Tyne Tees unless the good people of Northumberland complain about the lack of coverage of places that are still local to them … Continue reading No News about North, West and Mid Northumberland during the last week on BBC Look North or ITV Tyne Tees.
Dear Readers BBC Look North (covering the North East and northern Cumbria) featured a news- item about health officials in the Scottish Borders expressing concern about rising Coronavirus cases in neighbouring Northumberland: It is perhaps the only significant reference to rural Northumberland this week. The Regional News virtually never gets north of Tyneside and (when … Continue reading Virtually nothing specific on Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.
Dear Readers I already have a website that draws attention to the deficiencies in Regional Television for viewers of BBC North West Tonight and ITV Granada Reports who live in South Cumbria and northern Lancashire who do not get coverage of the northern half of North West England (i.e. Cumbria). This can be found at … Continue reading 15th September 2020: A New Site to focus on Regional Television coverage for the northern North East of England
This article was originally published on my website North West is North West (https://northwestisnorthwest.org/) on 19th August 2020 LOCHNAGAR, HIGH CAIRNGORMS IN SUMMER WITH SNOW PATCHES IN THE GULLEYS : An overlap to icy places to the north of the transmission area for a northern Regional Television service in northern England would not only provide … Continue reading Regional News Programmes in Scotland and the North of England need a little ICE in them to enhance their “Northern-ness”
This article was originally posted on http://www.northwestisnorthwest.org on 12th August 2020 Viewers of Regional Television in the northern half of North East England were short- changed by both BBC Look North (North East) and ITV Tyne Tees: Lots of coverage of Tyneside, Sunderland and even Darlington (in southern county Durham) but nothing about a serious … Continue reading Massive sink-hole opens up underneath the A68 in the Scottish Borders. Not the slightest mention on ITV Tyne Tees News or BBC Look North (North East/ Cumbria).
This new Website will be dedicated to the cause of viewers of Regional Television in the north of North East England - i.e. in Northumberland. This Website will have articles focussed on the forgotten northern corners of North East England. This is the first one devoted to pointing out the deficiencies of Regional news coverage … Continue reading North East England is North East England- and BBC Look North and ITV Tyne Tees must cover Northumberland more.
This article was originally written on 26th March 2018, but has been amended for today. Dear Readers There is a small part of north-east Cumbria close to the border with Northumberland and County. Durham which is not really in the NorthWest of England since their local rivers drain eastwards into the River Tyne or the … Continue reading A small part of north-east Cumbria benefits from having NorthEast based TV.