Programming and production from the nations and regions are an important part of the television landscape, and the regional character of ITV is a critical distinguishing feature of the channel. One of the ITC’s key responsibilities is to ensure each ITV licensee provides high quality regional news and current affairs, and a diverse range of other programmes designed to reflect life within the nations and regions.
Carlton Central Region and Anglia Television are the regional ITV licensees operating in the region.
Carlton Central Region has three sub-regional newsrooms in the Midlands, based in Birmingham (West) Nottingham (East) and Abingdon (South). Anglia Television, based in Norwich, is divided into East and West sub-regions.
Restricted Service Licences (RSLs), are local television stations with a four-year licence to broadcast to a restricted area. There are two RSLs in the Midlands: MATV, an Asian programming station based in Leicester, and Six TV (formerly the Oxford Channel). The East of England has one RSL, Home TV in Hertford, with plans for more in the pipeline.