Plans for national Local TV network dropped

Hunt scraps single network channel in favour of more localised media.

The Government has confirmed plans to scrap a Local TV network based around a national "spine", instead opting for a series of independent local stations.

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt originally wanted to introduce a single network channel - or local TV spine - dedicated to the provision of local news and content. This would have sold advertising nationally and provided nationally syndicated content.

But following a consultation earlier this year Hunt began rowing back from the idea. The results of the consultation revealed the majority of the 140 respondents favoured a more locally-run approach.

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