Stoke-on-Trent is not one of the 20 towns and cities across the UK where local TV will be pioneered.
Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has announced that the areas in England expected to be the first to have their own local TV stations are: Birmingham, Brighton and Hove, Bristol, Grimsby, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Preston and Southampton.
Mr Hunt said: “I am confident these new stations will provide local communities with programming which is relevant to their daily lives, will support local democracy, boost the big society and enhance local communities.”
Stoke-on-Trent is one of 24 other places (including Barnstaple, Basingstoke, Bedford, Cambridge, Carlisle, Guildford, Hereford Kidderminster, Maidstone, Malvern, Salisbury, Sheffield, Stratford upon Avon and York) which the government may allow to have their own TV stations in the future.
Once again Stoke-on-Trent is England’s forgotten city.
If towns and cities like Brighton and Hove, Grimsby, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nottingham, Oxford and Preston can have their own TV stations, local MPs and city councillors should be asking why Stoke-on-Trent has been left out.
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