Ofcom has agreed to a request by That’s TV to consolidate the production bases for some of its local TV stations.
In a statement, the regulator said that while the number of physical production premises will be reduced, it was satisfied that the changes will still allow That’s TV to deliver on its commitment to provide local content to viewers.
That’s TV journalists would still report on news stories directly from the licensed area of each service.
“We considered that the ‘localness’ policy first introduced for local TV can today be achieved in different ways – given developments in technology lessons learned about the delivery and production of local content during the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was also our view that the cost and resources required to maintain separate physical premises may be better invested in the production of local content for viewers.”
That’s TV holds 20 licenses in locations including Cambridge, Oxford, Grimsby and Glasgow.
It plans to move its studio production to Salford and Glasgow.