The Strangford MLA said: “We had a very productive meeting with UTV but we still have real concerns that elements of serious journalism may disappear from the channel.
“We understand the financial pressures facing UTV but we do not want to see a reduction in the level of local investigative journalism. The channel fulfils a vital role in public service broadcasting and this role must not be diminished.
“The tabloidisation of the media is a serious concern. There are important regional issues that some sections of the media do not cover because it is cheaper and easier to focus on lighter stories. These stories are of little use to local people. UTV currently shines a light on many important local issues and we do not want to see this good quality investigative journalism suffer.”