Wednesday, 12 September 2012

ITV News to cut Cornwall coverage even further?

A few weeks ago I blogged about the plans of Heart FM to cut its Cornish content. Now it emerges that another media organisation is threatening to do similar.

Westcountry TV used to have a significant Cornish output with a studio in Truro, a nightly Cornwall news segment and six staff based in Cornwall.

Then, three years ago, almost all of this went. Eighty staff were made redundant and the nightly news bulletin became a greater South West one combining the old Western Counties and Devon and Cornwall outputs.

Now the company is looking for cuts again and this will seriously hamper the job of giving Cornwall (and Devon) the coverage they deserve. We might be left with just a single reporter and part-time camera operator for Cornwall. With cuts in Devon too, we might be in a situation where there is just a single reporter covering the whole of Devon and Cornwall at weekends and only three during the week.

ITV's stated commitment to regional news is starting to look a bit hollow.

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