Ofcom awards first local TV licences

Ofcom has 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 and Grimsby.

The awards follow new legislation enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licences. The channels will broadcast on a specific ‘multiplex’, a discrete amount of spectrum reserved for local TV broadcasting on DTT.

The first two licences were awarded to: Latest TV Limited (Brighton) and Channel 7 Television Community Interest Company (Grimbsy)

Licences are awarded for a period of up to 12 years. It is hoped that some channels may be on air before the end of 2013.

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