For instance, it could be argued that any plans - whether those of Sky, Pearson or Virgin - which offer local city or regional elements within the framework of a national channel would better meet the diversity requirement than a simple unified national channel. Applicants have been asked to put forward such proposals under question 4: Local Services in the invitation to apply.
As far as legislation is concerned, it is too late for Channel 5. Rather than try to close that stable door, forthcoming digital television legislation should be framed to encourage new entrance to offer new forms of service.
Head of Corporate Affairs
Mersey Television Company