Local TV's position on the Freeview channel list has been given a boost in Scotland and Wales where services will now launch on channel 23.
The new channels, serving locations including Cardiff, Edinburgh and Glasgow are taking the channel number previously used by shopping channel bid tv until it went off-air last month. The channel number promotion was confirmed by local TV multiplex operator Comux today.
The first channel to benefit from the boost is STV Glasgow, launching on 2nd June with a 12 hour-a-day schedule of programmes for viewers receiving their TV signal from the Black Hill transmitter. It had previously been planning to launch on Freeview channel 26, a channel number that will now be available for a national, commercial channel on Freeview.
Local TV in England and Northern Ireland is assigned channel 8. Channel 8 is already in use in Scotland for BBC Alba and in Wales for Channel 4, because S4C holds the position of fourth channel in Wales. Scottish and Welsh local channels were therefore initially assigned channel 45, before being gradually promoted as channels on higher ranking numbers closed.