UK Government To Scrap Rules Stopping Local Press From Running TV Stations

Local TV channels don’t exist here the way they do in the States. If anything, TV has been going in reverse, with the regional ITV Network having bigger and bigger footprints. UK culture secretary Jeremy Hunt will confirm Tuesday morning that he’s abolishing local cross-media ownership restrictions. Hunt will unfavourably compare the UK to the US, where people can typically watch 6 local TV stations. Hunt will also announce that a new Communications Act will go before Parliament late 2012. The last Communications Act revolutionised the way TV producers do business. Hunt is giving the domestic keynote at tomorrow’s Royal Television Society conference in London. Jeff Bewkes, CEO and chairman of Time Warner — who last week unveiled a major shake-up at Warner Bros — will give the international keynote.

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