BBC and Arqiva to auction Freeview slots

The BBC and Arqiva have been given permission by Ofcom to jointly auction off two new Freeview slots.

The BBC has gained capacity on Multiplex B ahead of the regional rollout of high definition services, while Arqiva will have new capacity on Multiplexes C and D following digital switchover.

By pairing the capacity two national channels will be created in the near-term rather than after the completion of digital switchover in 2012, according to Ofcom.

The BBC and Arqiva requested Ofcom's consent to start the joint sales process, once the auction process is finished, the BBC and Arqiva will need separate consent for implementation of the joint arrangements.

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