Local TV

E.W. Scripps boosted by OTT gains

E.W. Scripps, which owns 33 local TV stations in the US, said that subscribers to over-the-top services in its local broadcast markets grew from zero to nearly 500,000 from last July to March. Announcing the company’s second quarter results, Scripps president and CEO Adam Symson said that in its local media division “any losses we’re seeing […]

SVT adds two regional channels

Swedish public broadcaster SVT is launching two new regional channels on the country’s digital-terrestrial network, adding to the 19 regional offshoots it currently operates.  The two new channels, SVT Helsingborg and SVT Sodertalje, will air local content in the mornings and evenings. SVT is also changing the names of a number of its existing regional […]

UK local TV operator Made Television launches catch-up TV

Made Television, the UK’s largest local TV broadcaster, is launching its first catch-up services, branded as OnView, in partnership with OTT TV specialist Piksel.  Made Television’s OnView catch up service is due for official launch April 2015. Using the Piksel Digital Enterprise video platform, Made Television has  rolled out four VoD channels for Bristol, Cardiff, […]

STV wins local TV licences

Scottish commercial broadcaster STV has been awarded local licences to deliver services in Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee by Ofcom.  STV plans to deliver all three services in partnership with educational institutions to provide media students with the opportunity to learn and train in a live TV environment. The broadcaster will work with Robert Gordon University […]

London Live to slash staff

London Live, the UK local digital-terrestrial TV station owned by Evgeny Lebedev, the Russian-born proprietor of the Evening Standard and Independent newspapers, is reportedly to cut 20 of its 60 staff.  London Live chief operating officer has said that the channel was restructuring its news and current affairs team, and would re-allocate the funds saved […]

STV bids for Scottish local TV licences

Scottish broadcaster STV has submitted applications to UK regulator Ofcom to offer local TV in Aberdeen, Ayr and Dundee.  The new applications have been submitted in partnership with universities and colleges in each of the three areas, and expand upon STV’s existing local TV commitments for Glasgow and Edinburgh. STV’s application partners are Robert Gordon […]

London Live local programming commitments cut

UK broadcast regulator Ofcom has approved some cuts to London Live’s local programming commitments, after initially rejecting the station’s bid to reduce to its total local programming hours from 18 to eight per day. In a new ruling, Ofcom said the local channel can reduce the hours of local programming repeats it runs per day […]

Northern Ireland’s first local TV station goes live

Northern Ireland’s first local TV channel, Belfast-based NvTv, went on air for the first time last night. The station, which is part of a wider rollout of local stations across the UK, will broadcast in the Belfast area on Freeview channel 8 and Virgin Media channel 159. NvTv will air a mix of local news, […]

Sheffield local TV station goes live

Local television network Sheffield Live! TV launched yesterday evening, broadcasting in the Yorkshire city on Freeview Channel 8 and Virgin Cable channel 159. The channel is the latest local TV launch in the UK, with broadcast regulator Ofcom having issued 30 local TV licences across the UK, with a second phase of licensing already underway. […]

Ofcom rejects London Live changes

UK regulator Ofcom has rejected local TV channel London Live’s bid to cut its homegrown output on the grounds that the changes proposed by the broadcaster would “substantially alter” its output. London Live, owned by London Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev, had bid to reduce its local programming hours from 18 a day to eight, […]

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