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UTV in bid for news pilot in Border-Tyne Tees region

UTV want to provide regional news services in Wales
UTV want to provide regional news services in the north east of England

Northern Ireland's largest independent television company has launched a second bid to run a regional news pilot in Great Britain.

UTV is to bid for the rights to run the pilot in the Border and Tyne Tees region, having already said it will bid for the pilot in Wales.

In November, the government announced its plan to trial three Independently Funded News Consortia (IFNCs).

The schemes could be replacements for regional ITV news services.

ITV has said the future of its regional news services are in jeopardy because they are too expensive to maintain.

Therefore the government has asked consortiums to come up with alternatives.

The winning consortiums will be given BBC licence fee money to help fund the pilots, initially from the amount left over from the digital switchover help scheme.

The government expects pilots in Wales, Border-Tyne Tees and Scotland to be up and running in 2010.

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