By Bob Franklin

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We might sum up by suggesting that thanks to its key qualities of ‘instantaneity’ and secondariness, the historic achievements of local radio have been twofold: it has uncovered a whole new stratum of news, and it has brought a new perspective to news. The new stratum is news which is too trivial for the national media; too trivial, too ‘secondary’ and often insufficiently visual for regional television; and too ephemeral for the local press. Yet what is interesting is that it often blends the reportage of events with practical information, something for certain groups of its listeners to act tlpon.

Such problems do not arise in the context of local - as opposed to regionally based - media such as local newspapers or local radio services. g. ). Each of these media perform different roles within their respective communities and each provide their readers and listeners with different things. For the citizen in any one of the Midlands towns and cities, it is that interplay of media which is a significant factor in assessing their access to local and regional news.

Two-licence limit on regional Channel 3 licences’, but enabled ‘broadcasters to expand to up to 15 per cent of total television audience share thereafter’ (Department of National Heritage, 1995: 27). The significance of the 15 per cent audience share figure is easily appreciated when one looks at the Carlton-Central group. 6 million households respectively) thus leaving some opportunity for further mergers with, or takeovers of, other regional television companies. 8 per cent (Department of National Heritage, 1995: 34), for example, was bought by MA1 in July 1997.

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