Mixed reaction to TV channel for Limavady

Limavady could be about to get its own dedicated television channel, but the borough’s Mayor is against any such move describing it as “a waste of money”, reports Sheena Jackson.

The British government has confirmed Limavady and Derry are among 65 locations across the North and in Britain to be considered for the move.

The locations - which have been chosen because they have the appropriate transmitter coverage - will be whittled down to around 20 by the end of the year.

Mayor McGlinchey said the Roe Valley area is well served by the print and broadcast media.

“Definitely not, we don’t need a television channel,” said the Sinn Fein councillor. “There is enough coverage through TV and radio and papers, regional and local. The money would be better spent on creating jobs and attracting investment into the area.”

SDLP Colr. Gerry Mullan welcomed the news. “It’s always good to have good media coverage and good to market ourselves, especially during these austere times.”

Bids will be opened to run the channels in the next few months and broadcasting watchdog Ofcom will decide on an initial batch of 20 to be up and running by 2013.

The British government is also canvassing opinion from potential operators about which locations are likely to make the scheme a success.

British Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt says a decision has to be made on which areas are “best placed” to pioneer the new service.