The BBC Trust has issued a warning to the operators of the proposed local TV multiplex not to include any “disreputable material” in any subleasing of additional capacity.
Over 40 companies looking to launch local TV services in the UK have written to culture secretary Jeremy Hunt asking him to reconsider plans to force them to use a single multiplex operator.
Canis Media has opened a new local TV division designed to support the emerging local TV sector.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has published a list of 65 towns and cities that will have the opportunity to host local television services.
Geographic interleaved DTT spectrum, managed by a new licensed multiplex company, will be allocated for local TV in the UK.
Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has said a series of individual stations, rather than the proposed ‘national spine’ could make local TV more feasible and faster to deliver.
The DCMS report into the potential for local TV in the UK has concluded that local TV will not be viable if distributed by DTT to sparsely populated areas. Instead, Nicholas Shott has concluded that it may be possible to sustain 10 to 12 local TV services around major conurbations.
Local television services could be given “must carry” status under recommendations from Ofcom. The proposals also include the fast tracking of any channels carried over IPTV, adding to the ‘net neutrality’ debate, and ensuring local TV channels would not be disadvantaged.
A group of 14 would-be local television operators have written to The Times, accusing Britain’s major channels of attempting to hijack the market through the launch of YouView.
Ofcom has released a report exploring the technical options for the start of regular local TV services across the UK. Despite a number of failed attempts to establish genuinely local TV broadcasts in Britain, the government has made it clear that the establishment of local TV is a policy priority, and has established an inquiry […]