Green Light for Local TV funding

IN BRIEF  The European Commission has given the green light for the Government to provide state aid to fund local TV infrastructure. The funding, which will come via the BBC Trust and the TV licence fee will help establish the local TV multiplex in all locations where local TV services are licenced to operate. The multiplex will be built and operated by the winner of the local TV multiplex licence. Ofcom is expected to award the licence shortly.

The first local TV services are expected to go live later next year in locations such as London and Birmingham, with more local TV channels preparing to launch in 2014.

£25 million has been pledged by the BBC to establish the local TV network until the end of the current BBC Royal Charter period.
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