In the gap between me writing this and you reading it, we may or may not still have a Hunt in charge of the Ministry of Fun, the Department for Culture Media and Sport.
There’s even some doubt as to whether we’ll even have a Ministry of Fun at all, with many predicting that recent events are the beginning of the end for the DCMS.
But what about Local TV?
This was very much Hunt’s idea with his well-rehearsed line about the smaller Birmingham, in Alabama, having more local TV stations than Birmingham, West Midlands.
Hunt seemed/seems (delete as appropriate!) driven by both the problem of how to ensure plurality in local news provision and by a desire to bolster his Tory credentials by annoying the BBC (Local TV will get £40 million from a slice of the licence fee).
Local TV has always felt like an old-fashioned idea in this digital age and I’ve been wondering recently if the much-vaunted phenomenon of hyperlocal news publishing could offer a different way forward.
These are websites that have sprung up across much of the UK and cover news in small geographic areas.
After doing some rudimentary counting I discovered that the 500-ish hyperlocal sites in the UK produce about 750 news stories a day between them.
That’s quite a lot.
There are stories of missing cats, missing people, dodgy local politicians, local crime.
Much the same mix that is covered by the declining local press and the proposed local TV stations.
I would argue they provide a real challenge to the validity of the Local TV initiative.
Further, they are largely self-financed, no licence fee payers’ money needed.
I care little for Hunt but I’d be a bit concerned if the DCMS was shown the door as its policies over the last 20 years have helped bolster the creative economy, in this region and elsewhere.
But if a change of minister means Local TV gets the switch-off, then I don’t think I’ll miss something we never needed in the first place.
* Dave Harte is Award Leader for the MA in Social Media at Birmingham City University and runs www.bournvillevillage.com