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Freeview Retune Day announced

News and children's channel numbers to change in September reshuffle.

Bid and Price Drop owner ceases trading

Channels abruptly taken off air. Staff made redundant. Customers waiting for more info.

Movies4Men goes nationwide

Now available on Freeview channel 48.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

BBC Local Radio goes live on Freeview in London and West Midlands

BBC Local Radio - BBC WM - Sutton Coldfield - Freeview 722
Screenshot of the new local radio service on Freeview
BBC Local Radio stations for London and Birmingham have been added to the Freeview channel line-up today for viewers in the London and West Midlands TV regions.

Viewers who receive Freeview from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter or one of its relays and who receive BBC Midlands Today as their regional news programme on BBC One can find BBC WM on Freeview channel 722. A retune may be required.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

News and Children's channels to move on Freeview Retune Day

News and children's channels will be moving places on Freeview this September, as plans to extend the range of channel numbers reserved for general entertainment channels, postponed from 2012, are put in to place.

Platform manager Digital UK confirmed that news channels will start at Freeview channel 130 and children's channels will start at channel 120 following the changes which will take place on Wednesday 3rd September.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

bandscan:uk: Scotland's Eklipse announces line-up

bandscan:uk  ► the week on the radio airwaves

  • Eklipse announces line-up
  • Heart publicity begins in Real Radio areas

Eklipse finalises presenter line-up
This week has seen Scotland's Eklipse Sports Radio announce its launch line up of presenters, as the station - which has seen its launch repeatedly delayed - prepares to go live on the Central Scotland DAB multiplex, in place of the current test service. The exact launch day is still under wraps.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Opportunies for Freeview channel operators as shopping channels cease?

Positions on the Freeview channel list could be up for grabs very soon
The closure of Bid and Price Drop TV now that owner sit-up Ltd has gone into administration looks set to offer new possibilities for capacity constrained Freeview service.

No channel changes are expected immediately, as the cessation of broadcasts comes just ahead of Easter. And Freeview channel number rules do allow channels to stop broadcasting and keep their channel numbers for a limited period of time under certain circumstances, in the event that the administrators KPMG think they can revive the shopping channels in some form or other.

In the interim, forthcoming local TV services in Scotland and Wales, such as STV Glasgow - launching in June - could benefit by being promoted from channel 26 to Bid's channel 23, in line with current policy promoting local TV channels up the Freeview channel list as "local public service broadcasters".

Administrators called in as Bid and Price Drop TV's owner ceases trading

Going, going, gone. Bid and price drop TV are no more.
Sit-up Limited, owner of shopping channels bid and price drop TV has today gone into administration. All 229 employees of the business have been made redundant. Customers who have recently purchased goods from either channels are to be informed about what happens next shortly.

Q&A: Bid and Price Drop cease broadcasting

Following the abrupt end of shopping channels Bid and Price Drop TV after owner sit-up Limited called in the administrators, how did the channels end up in this situation? And what happens next?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Ofcom to start review of Sky Sports 'wholesale must offer' obligation

Ofcom has today outlined plans to review the ‘wholesale must-offer’ obligation placed on BSkyB in relation to its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Starz TV added to Freesat

Music channel Starz has extended its reach this week by launching on Freesat channel 505. Until now, the channel had only been available on Sky's Electronic Programme Guide.

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