These linguistic and geographical tensions, which are unique to this contract area, are addressed in detail in the volume as are other tensions that are also common to other ITV regions
, specifically the tension between ITV's public service remit and the pressures of the commercial aspect of the contractors business, the tension between the local and the national including providing a distinctly regional voice to network programming (a debate which remains current to both ITV and the BBC), and the tension between popular and quality programming policies.
There were fears of failing standards when the ITV regions
were merged, and if the Welsh station is typical, those concerns were well founded.
But when presenter Denise Van Outen announced them as the overall winner after 1.5million viewers had voted in the contest from 14 ITV regions
live on television last night, some members of the audience threw bread rolls.
Fiona, who also presents an antiques programme called Under the Hammer, which is seen in some ITV regions
and on Sky, is a keen salmon fisher and writes about her passion for a specialist magazine.
Some ITV regions
show films, and BBC1 have the Doris Day movie Please Don't Eat the Daisies.
Sixty Lottery grants are up for grabs across the UK from a pounds 3.6million funding pot, with four awards being made in each of the 15 ITV regions
THE Department for Culture, Media and Sport yesterday confirmed that eight bidders have successfully come through the first phase of a procurement process to create news pilots in three ITV regions
A SELECTIVE guide to the weekend: TODAY FOOTBALL: World Cup Group Nine qualifier, Scotland v Macedonia - Sky Sports 1 1430; Friendly international, England v Slovenia - most ITV regions
1645; World Cup Group Eight qualifier, Cyprus v Republic of Ireland - Sky Sports 1 1925; Coca-Cola League One, Charlton v Brentford - Sky Sports 1 1200; World Cup qualifying triple bill, Peru v Uruguay, Paraguay v Bolivia, Argentina v Brazil - Sky Sports 1 2125-0330 (Sunday).
The event is sponsored by The Co-operative, the UK's largest mutual retailer, and supported by the ITV network, ITV regions
and nations, GMTV, Prince's Trust, Post Office and Google UK.
Mike Jermey, the director of ITV regions
and network news operations, said the revised proposals would allow ITV to be "more local" or "subregional" than under the broadcaster's original plan.
Michael Jermey, director, ITV Regions
, said: "There are people out there who argue that ITV should get out of regional news.
TV executive Michael Grade has announced far-reaching plans for ITV regions
across the country, which could see the Newcastle-based station covering an area from North Yorkshire to Cumbria and the Scottish borders.