Ofcom has published a list of applications for licences to run local TV channels in the UK, as part of the second phase of licensing for local channels.
Ofcom advertised licences in 11 areas and has received 7 applications to run local services. All licences will be awarded by beauty contest under the criteria set out in statute. This follows powers and duties given to Ofcom by Parliament in 2011 to license new local TV services.
Ofcom has already awarded licences to 23 local TV channels as part of the licensing process. The second phase focuses on areas that the local multiplex licensee, Comux UK, has committed to build out to as part of its licence application.
The new applications to run local TV channels are from:
Bangor (Bay TV Gwynedd), Basingstoke (That’s Basingstoke), Swansea (BayTV Swansea, Love Swansea), Guildford (That’s Surrey), Maidstone (KMTV, TV Kent), Luton (Bedfordshire Television), Reading (That’s Reading) Mold (SerchTV Mold, Bay TV Clwy) and Salisbury (That’s Salisbury).