|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".