ITV could be given the go-ahead to cut back on its regional news coverage in the Midlands, according to a leaked Ofcom document.
The Ofcom blueprint on the future of public service broadcasting, leaked to the Media Guardian last week, is an early version of the “storyline” for phase two of its review of public service broadcasting.
ITV sparked fears of job losses last September when it announced plans for a single regional news programme covering the entire Midland area.
The broadcaster then announced revised proposals in April which will create nine news regions, divided into 18 new subregions.
The Midlands would be divided into Central West and Central East and viewers would watch the same bulletins, with tailored reports from each subregion.
National broadcasting organiser for the NUJ Paul McLaughlin said the proposals would be a “disaster” for audiences and journalism.“For Birmingham and the Midlands, people don’t want homogenised service of use to no-one. People want local news and the distinctive service they are used to.
An ITV spokesman said: “We have submitted our revised proposals to Ofcom as part of their public sector broadcasting review and they will publish the second stage of the public sector broadcasting review in September, which we await with interest.”