Ofcom consolidates local TV licences for Bedfordshire and SW Midlands

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Ofcom has consolidated the number of local TV licences available in phase 2 of local TV roll-out following a consultation exercise.

Instead of two separate services launching in Bedfordshire, with one service for Bedford and another for Luton, Ofcom has announced that it will be shortly advertising a licence for a single service for both ends of the county.

In the South West Midlands, Ofcom has annouced that there will be a single licence for a station to cover Hereford, Gloucester and Malvern, thus cancelling earlier plans to advertise a separate licence for Malvern. The Hereford and Gloucester joint service was itself the result of an earlier change to plans, which originally only had Hereford earmarked for a local TV service broadcast from the Ridge Hill transmitter.

Meanwhile, phase 1 local TV services will begin to be rolled out from November, starting with Grimsby's Estuary TV (formerly known as Lincolnshire Living, and morphing out of the Channel 7 service on cable in the area). Most major cities will see local TV launch on Freeview during the first half of 2014.
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  1. What has happened to the possible local TV in Bedfordshire,Hertfordshire and Bucks?


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