South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine has written to the Chief Operating Officer of Digital UK asking him to explain why new Scottish local television services cannot be placed higher on the Electronic Programme Guide (EPG).
Last month MSPs debated Ms McAlpine’s motion welcoming the establishment of new services for Scotland but expressing concern that they will be disadvantaged by their positioning on the EPG.
During the debate, Ms McAlpine urged Digital UK – the organisation which decides what positioning channels are allocated on the Freeview EPG – to consider a range of options to give greater prominence to local services.
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Joan will meet this week with bosses at ITV to discuss “inadequate” television coverage of news and current affairs in the region.
Ms McAlpine is leading a campaign to ensure that viewers right across the south - from Dumfriesshire to Galloway and the Borders - have access to full Scottish news coverage.
South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed Ofcom proposals to improve ITV services in the Border TV area.
Following her Parliamentary debate on South of Scotland TV, Ms McAlpine met with ITV bosses to discuss the inadequate coverage of news and current affairs in the region.
The SNP MSP challenged ITV to come up with a better deal for the south of Scotland.
Watch Joan lead the south of Scotland TV debate in parliament on 31st January 2013