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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Border to restore full Lookaround TV news bulletin

Detailed work is underway to restore full coverage of Border region news to television screens, five years after a controversial ITV cutback.

Lookaround, the broadcaster’s news programme for the border region, retained some journalists from a small Carlisle office when a full 30-minute evening bulletin from the region was scaled back.

That’s now poised to be reinstated from September.

The nightly news programme was changed in 2008 after a merger between ITV Border’s operations in Carlisle and Gateshead in the north east. Residents and politicians vented their anger at the decision by Ofcom to support the merger, which resulted in 51 redundancies.

A spokeswoman for ITV confirmed: “ITV Border is recruiting journalists.

“We intend to expand our local output later this year.”

Cumbria County Council leader Stewart Young said: “There’ll be an extended period of time covering Cumbria which is great news.”

Border’s former Carlisle studios at Durranhill have since been demolished. Its team is based at Kingstown.

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