ITV NewsOFCOM is working with the current UK TV Licensees (5 and Channel 3) to assure continuity with the services as we move to the next licence period, the current licences expire in 2014.
It looks as if there will be a separate ITV Wales licence.
To keep some level of 'regionality' OFCOM is looking for proposals that include stepping up regional news provision to a more acceptable level, some viewers have complained that ITV regional service fails to provide acceptable coverage for the regions that are covered, this is due to consolidation of ITV leading to some macro regions.
For English regional licences that are held by ITV, OFCOM has suggested an increase in the number of regions from 7 to 14, with the cost offset by reducing the amount of regional content required in each licence.
Interestingly enough a different approach could be expected in Scotland where STV is taking an active part in the new Local TV services
Big Idea Sixty is BeautyHogarth ( 1697 - 1764) the British artist recognised the problem of defining Beauty he famously wrote a book called 'The Analysis of Beauty'. Hogarth comments
For though beauty is seen and confessed by all, yet, from the many fruitless attempts to account for the cause of its being so, enquiries on this head have almost been given up; and the subject generally thought to be a matter of too high and too delicate a nature to admit of any true or intelligible discussion.
The enlightenment philosopher Hume (as we might expect) was able to bring more rigour to his definition recognising that it was from within rather than what was seen in nature or works of art
'Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates; and each mind perceives a different beauty. One person may perceive deformity, where another is sensible of beauty; and every individual ought to acquiesce in his own sentiment, without pretending to regulate those of others. To seek the real beauty, or real deformity, is as fruitless an enquiry as to ascertain the real sweet or real bitter. According to the disposition of the organs, the same object may be both sweet and bitter...'