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Plans For Sky News Local









The BBC and ITV face a challenge to their dominance of local television news as Sky plots a move into the market. 

The broadcasters get top billing on TV channel menus in exchange for fulfilling public service requirements, including setting aside airtime for regional affairs. 

But Sky is lobbying media regulator Ofcom for a shake-up that would let it bid against ITV to be the commercial provider of local news.  

At the moment ITV is required to provide 20-minute regional news bulletins on weekday evenings. 

Plans for the 'Sky News Local' service would only be viable if Ofcom agrees. 

It comes as the regulator reviews the role of traditional broadcasters in the digital age.   

Ofcom is expected to publish initial thoughts next month and follow them up in the summer with formal proposals. 

Sky said: “Viewers want to see more local stories – we proved that with our election coverage, available free in every home and on our digital channels. 

We will work with Ofcom and government to support the evolution of local news, to reach audiences underserved by the system.” 

18 December 2019

Michael Barrymore Out Of Ice Show

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Michael Barrymore has withdrawn from the new series of  ITV’s Dancing On Ice.

The comedian has broken his wrist and has been told by doctors not to continue in the show which debuts in January. 

The 67-year-old said he was "absolutely devastated" to learn he could no longer compete on the ITV programme. 

He said he had "loved every second of the journey" and thanked the public for their "overwhelming" support. 

He will still appear on Sunday's launch show, which was recorded last week, but will then be replaced by Radzi Chinyanganya, formerly of Blue Peter. 

18 December 2019 

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