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Media industry figures are sceptical about Jeremy Hunt's plans for local television, writes Andy Fry.
After six weeks at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Jeremy Hunt reaffirmed his desire to transform the local media landscape.
In a speech earlier this month, he sketched out the government's vision of a society that 'gives communities greater control over their destinies'. He went on to say: 'For this to happen, we need strong local media to nurture local identity and hold locally elected politicians to account.'
According to Hunt, the UK's current legal framework governing local media, which is overseen by Ofcom, is not geared up to encourage this, so he wants to unleash 'hungry, ambitious and profitable local companies' by …