Its great to see Northern Ireland-based media enterprises bidding to become ITV regional news suppliers elsewhere in the Celtic area. UTV, with its NI core is already all-Ireland and into GB commercial radio, is bidding for a Wales franchise and Macmillan Media is part of a consortium bidding for south Scotland. Please forgive more personal reminiscence, but this gives me particular pleasure. Michael Macmillan was an old colleague, a distinguished former ITN correspondent and the original contract supplier of TV resources to the Assembly. His Dad the wonderful Dick was the senior BBC News cameraman in Belfast during most of the troubles era and pulled me out of many a tight hole down the years.
Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London