The UK’s biggest local TV operator is to shut 13 of its 20 studios, meaning some news bulletins will be hosted by presenters outside the area they serve. That’s TV operates 20 of the UK’s 34 local TV stations, broadcasting to areas from Southampton to Aberdeen. The company said it would be keeping reporters in all 20 areas, and that viewers would not notice a difference. Regulator Ofcom took “the financial difficulties the sector faces” into account when agreeing to the move. A national network of local stations was launched by then-Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt in 2013 on channel seven or eight on Freeview. That’s TV’s stations combine local news with teleshopping. In the future, the company will operate seven regional studios, which will each broadcast the news for up to six local stations. For example, the news for That’s Hampshire, That’s Surrey, That’s South Midlands, That’s Thames Valley, That’s Salisbury and That’s Solent will all come from Salisbury. He told BBC News: “Does it make sense to be investing resources in 20 physical premises where you’re tying up quite a lot of your repo...