Ofcom fines ITV for under-spending on regional output

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ITV has fallen foul of Ofcom’s regional quotas for programme production outside of London, recieving fines of £220,000 for breaches by ITV1 in 2006 and 2007.

The company has been fined £20,000 for each of the 11 regional licenses it owns in England and Wales for not spending enough money on programmimg sourced outside the capital.

Scottish broadcaster STV, Ulster broadcaster UTV and Channel TV have all been fined for the same offence.

The Ofcom regional quota system requires 50 per cent of spending on productions to go on programmes sourced outside of London.

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