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
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.
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.
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.
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