Ofcom has issued Wireless Telegraphy Act licences to the operators of DTT multiplex services as the UK prepares for digital switchover. The plan is to subsequently vary the licences to include the details of all the transmitters and frequencies used. The first variations will be made ahead of digital switch over in the Whitehaven area of Cumbria in October. The licences have been issued to the British Broadcasting Corporation, Digital 3 & 4 Limited (representing ITV and Channel 4), BBC Free to View Limited and SDN Limited. Licences for National Grid Wireless will be issued later.
The regulator has also given details of licences issued for multichannel services based in the UK. These include The History Channel UK for a European version of its HD channel, MGM Channel, SBS Broadcasting Networks for a second channel for the Norwegian TVN and Zonemedia for Zone Superheroes.