NEW INQUIRY: Television Broadcasting in Northern Ireland

This was announced today on the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee web site.
More information here:

The Committee is to carry out a short inquiry into the future of television broadcasting in Northern Ireland, focusing on the role of public service broadcasting, digital switchover, the role of local news, current affairs and other programming, and the place of broadcasting in a devolved nation of the UK.

The Committee invites any individual or organisation with an interest in this matter to submit written evidence in accordance with the guidelines stated below:

Each submission should:

• be no more than 3,000 words in length;

• have numbered paragraphs; and

• be in Word format or a rich text format with as little use of colour or logos as possible.

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to northircom@parliament.uk marked “Television Broadcasting in Northern Ireland” and should arrive by Friday 1 May 2009.

So plenty of time to think, then.  Future of Television in Northern Ireland particularly as the medium and associated media are moving so fast.

There will be some of the predictable (not to underestimate the importance ) such as Language (no not rude words – Irish, Ulster Scots and services for non-indiginous languages – Polish andd Mandarin for example).

In my mind newer ways to engage with the audience using interactive media is of equal importance.

Any thoughts anyone?

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