Local TV could arrive in more locations

Following today's award of the local TV multiplex operator's licence to Comux UK, Ofcom has confirmed that it will be shortly seeking expressions of interest from potential local TV operators in further towns and cities across the UK, in preparation for a second phase of local TV licence awards, with stations planned to be on air by the end of next year.

Under the proposals, Scotland would see local TV stations launching in an extra four locations including Aberdeen and Inverness. In Wales, local TV could potentially be offered at a further three locations, two of which are in North Wales. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland would have an extra two local TV services covering Derry/Londonderry and Limavady respectively, joining the already licenced NvTV local TV station for Belfast. Numerous towns and cities in England, ranging from Barnstaple to Tonbridge have also been included in the next batch of local TV locations.

These proposed "phase 2" locations are the result of the multiplex operator's licence application process, where applicants were invited to list additional locations where they would extend the infrastructure to broadcast local TV services from.

Comux UK has proposed to cover the following locations, subject to local TV licences being awarded for these areas, on top of the 19 locations initially selected for local TV:

Aberdeen
Dundee
Mold
Ayr
Guildford
Plymouth
Bangor
Hereford
Reading
Barnstaple
Inverness
Salisbury
Basingstoke
Kidderminster
Scarborough
Bedford
Limavady
Stoke on Trent
Bromsgrove
Luton
Stratford upon Avon
Cambridge
Maidstone
Swansea
Carlisle
Malvern
Tonbridge
Derry/Londonderry
Middlesbrough
York


Of the locations listed above, 2 locations - Swansea and Plymouth were originally included in the first stage of local TV licencing. No applicants came forward for these locations, so Ofcom will offer potential broadcasters in Swansea and Plymouth a second chance to apply for a local TV licence.

Comux aims to have all of the extra local TV services covered in phase 2 on air by December 2014.


See Also:
Local TV locations, frequencies and service names >  
Comux UK awarded Local TV multiplex operator's licence >
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