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Border Television

EDM number 856 in 2008-09, proposed by David Mundell on 24/02/2009.
Categorised under the topic of Broadcasting.

That this House notes that 24 February 2009 will see the end of Border Television's news broadcasts to the South of Scotland, Cumbria, North Northumberland and the Isle of Man, from its Carlisle studios before their closure and sale; further notes that its flagship Lookaround news programme is now to be produced in Gateshead, with a 15 minute opt-out for the former Border region from a combined Border and Tyne Tees news service; believes that Border Television and its Carlisle news studio provided its viewers with well-informed, local and entertaining news coverage for nearly 50 years and did much to protect the strength of local identity and cross-border links in the essentially rural communities it served in the South of Scotland, Cumbria, North Northumberland and the Isle of Man; further notes that Border also acted as a valuable platform in the careers of some of the most highly-regarded broadcasters in the United Kingdom; regrets that these qualities of Border Television and the strength of public opinion in the Border region were insufficient to persuade Ofcom not to allow the merger with ITV Tyne Tees; and hopes that the spirit and quality of Border Television, and particularly its emphasis on the importance of strong local stories in news gathering, can be carried forward under the new arrangements from Gateshead.

This motion has been signed by a total of 15 MPs.

David Mundell24/02/2009Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and TweeddaleConservativeProposed
David Maclean25/02/2009Penrith and The BorderConservativeSeconded
Alan Simpson25/02/2009Nottingham SouthLabourSeconded
Peter Atkinson25/02/2009HexhamConservativeSeconded
Tim Farron27/02/2009Westmorland and LonsdaleLiberal DemocratSeconded
John McDonnell27/02/2009Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSeconded
David Anderson02/03/2009BlaydonLabourSigned
Michael Penning02/03/2009Hemel HempsteadConservativeSigned
Alistair Carmichael03/03/2009Orkney and ShetlandLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Moore04/03/2009Berwickshire, Roxburgh and SelkirkLiberal DemocratSigned
Bill Etherington04/03/2009Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Russell Brown05/03/2009Dumfries and GallowayLabourSigned
Janet Anderson09/03/2009Rossendale and DarwenLabourSigned
Alasdair McDonnell11/03/2009Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Ann Cryer23/03/2009KeighleyLabourSigned

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