No chance for North East Broadcasting Corporation, but we deserve better

Professor Bonnett’s call for a North East Broadcasting Corporation ( has even less chance of succeeding than the arrival of an elected mayor for the region, government talks or no government talks.

After all wasn’t the idea of Local TV – partly funded by licence payers – to reflect the life of communities which had a connection (Tyne and Wear) rather than the artificial BBC regions which were only created because of the limitations of pre-digital transmission?

The North East deserves a better broadcasting service not least so Look North can stop kidding itself that viewers here really care what happens in West Cumbria or North Yorkshire.

Andrew Lambert

Editor Look North 2000-2003.

(Letter printed in The Journal)