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Former Channel M duo pan local TV proposals

New local TV stations won't work, say Channel M journalists.

Two former senior employees from failed Manchester TV station Channel M have said that Government proposals to launch a network of low-cost local TV stations won't work due to lack of funding.

Former Channel M breakfast show producer Vanessa Williams and former sports editor Mike Bradley told Press Gazette that the Government needs to learn from the mistakes that led to the demise of Channel M.

Ex-BBC director general Greg Dyke submitted a report yesterday suggesting that up to 80 local TV stations could be launched each with annual funding of around £500,000 a year. And last month investment banker Nicholas Shott suggested in his report that a dozen local TV stations could be set up in major cities with annual funding of £1.6m a year each.

Full story at the Press Gazette.

Dominic Ponsford is editor of Press Gazette