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Border TV transmits last bulletin

Border TV
The final bulletin from Carlisle was delivered on Tuesday

The final Border TV news bulletin from its Carlisle studios has been transmitted across southern Scotland.

The Lookaround programme will be replaced from Wednesday with a new 15-minute opt-out service broadcast from Gateshead, in a merger with Tyne Tees.

The closure of the Cumbrian studio is part of a wide-ranging overhaul of ITV news services across the country.

It has been criticised by politicians as ignoring local opposition to the proposal to change the service.

Roxburgh and Berwickshire Tory MSP John Lamont lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament to mark the delivery of the final bulletin from Carlisle on Tuesday evening.

He said: "With such a proud history, it is sad to witness the demise of Border TV, culminating in the final broadcast this week.

"Although ITV are claiming the 15-minute opt out in the revised programme will be a suitable replacement, it really is the end of an era for Border TV."

Dumfriesshire Conservative MP David Mundell has also moved to mark the event with an early day motion in the House of Commons.

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