Ofcom has today awarded the first licences to run local TV services in two areas of the UK. The new licences are for digital terrestrial TV (DTT) channels in Brighton (Latest TV) and Grimsby (Lincolnshire Living). The awards follow new legislation enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licences.
Ofcom said that the licences had been awarded for a period of up to 12 years and that is hoped that some channels may be on air before the end of 2013.
In May 2012, Ofcom invited applications to run local TV services in 21 local areas. In total, 57 applications were received to run the local TV services.
As well as broadcasting on DTT, the regulator said it is anticipated that local TV channels might also wish to offer their services on satellite, cable and online.
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