|S4C's Clirlun's last full day on air: 30/11/2012|
It will use capacity on the Freeview HD multiplex vacated by S4C's Clirlun channel, which will cease at midnight 1st December.
The confirmation follows Welsh broadcaster S4C's submission to Ofcom on the 5th July 2012, which notified the regulator that it intended to close down its HD channel "Clirlun". S4C at the time announced the closure as part of a cost-cutting exercise, with the broadcaster facing stiff budget costs and a shift in funding from next year when money from the BBC's licence fee will be used to support the channel.
On the 9th July, Channel 4 applied to Ofcom to allow it to use the slot on the HD multiplex in Wales, which has now been granted.
Ofcom originally awarded capacity to C4/S4C HD on the Freeview HD multiplex (BBC-B/Mux B) using its powers under the Television Multiplex Services (Reservation of Digital Capacity) Order 2008 on 17th October 2008. S4C's HD service was subsequently named "Clirlun" or Clear View - designed to be a Welsh term for "high definition". Clirlun launched in April 2010 on Freeview HD following the completion of digital switchover in Wales. It was never made available on other platforms.
Ofcom statement: http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/spectrum/spectrum-policy-area/projects/dtv/Amendment_to_Determination.pdf
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