Local TV provider Comux signs transmission deal with Arqiva

Comux, the group appointed by regulator Ofcom to build and operate the infrastructure for the UK’s new local TV channels, has signed a multi-year transmission services deal with Arqiva.

Under the new agreement Arqiva will provide the main transmission services for local TV, including network access and managed transmissions.

The network access deal will allow Comux to use Arqiva masts, power supplies and transmission site antennas. Arqiva will also manage the transmission of Comux’s playout signal, providing local TV stations with the final link they need to broadcast their programming.

The new UK local TV initiative will see new channels rolled out across the country, with the first 19 to start going live later this year, broadcasting on Freeview channel eight in England and Wales.

“The launch of local TV services across the UK is an exciting part of the new broadcasting landscape and we are delighted to be part of it,” said Steve Holebrook, managing director of broadcast and media, Arqiva.

Ed Hall, Chief Executive, Comux said: “Arqiva’s 24/7 support services will enable the local stations to maintain a good reliable service which is critical to ensuring quality and professionalism.”