September began with changes to Freeview channel numbers and frequency changes for some channels. At the time of the retune, placeholders for several new services were added so that viewers would have the channels in their channel list in time for their launch during the Autumn.
New channels include TruTV+1, CBS Action, POP+1 and an as yet undisclosed service on channel 136 for Freeview HD owners in range of the signal that carries BBC Four in HD. Community Channel on channel 63 once again had its broadcast hours extended.
London Live owner ESTV Ltd has been told by Ofcom it can't reduce its local programming commitments.
As reported in July, ESTV Ltd had requested to reduce the amount of news it had to show and wanted to downgrade its commitment to hyper-local services, which formed a cornerstone of its original application.
The fifth biggest automotive manufacturer in the world, the Korean Hyundai Kia Automotive Group, has committed to moving to digital radio as standard across most of its Kia models in the UK, according to an announcement made today by Digital Radio UK at the IBC show in Amsterdam.
Three leading European free-to-air satellite TV operators – France's Fransat, the UK's Freesat, and Italy's Tivùsat – have come together to form the Free TV Alliance in a move to help promote the harmonisation of free-to-view satellite TV services and technology across Europe.