UK Government proposes Ofcom cost-cutting efforts

The UK Government has launched a consultation, proposing seven changes to the duties of communications regulator Ofcom, in a bid to “save money and increase efficiency.” The proposed changes include removing Ofcom’s obligation to review the public service broadcasting landscape every five years, instead allowing the Culture Secretary to request a review when deemed necessary. […]

UK local TV deadline looms

Parties looking to start up a local TV station in 30 UK areas, including Cambridge, Aberdeen, Bangor and York have until tomorrow to register their interest with communications regulator Ofcom. The deadline relates to a second wave of local channels, in localities that also include Basingstoke, Guildford, Inverness, Luton, Maidstone, Middlesbrough, Plymouth, Reading, Stoke on […]

Next wave of UK local TV licences opened up

Another 30 local TV licences will be offered in the UK after communications regulator Ofcom asked for expressions of interest in stations across a raft of new locations. Ofcom has already awarded 19 licences in a first phase of the roll out of local TV in the UK and the first of these should be […]

YourTV wins Preston licence as Ofcom completes local TV process

UK regulator Ofcom has awarded the last of its currently planned local digital-terrestrial TV licences to YourTV to operate a service in Preston and Blackpool. The award is the second to be granted to YourTV, which had earlier won the licence to run a local TV service for Manchester. The company is backed by former […]

Ofcom awards local TV licence for Liverpool

UK regulator Ofcom has awarded the new local TV licence for Liverpool to Bay TV Liverpool. Under its 12-year licence, Bay TV Liverpool, which is chaired by former Liverpool Chamber of Commerce chief executive Jack Stopforth, is expected to cover about 890,000 homes, although total coverage number have yet to be finalised. Ofcom said it […]

Five take UK 4G spectrum

UK regulator Ofcom has awarded 4G mobile spectrum to five companies – Everything Everywhere, Hutchison 3G, BT subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures, Telefónica UK and Vodafone – raising a less-than-expected £2.3 billion (€2.7 billion) for the Treasury. According to Ofcom, almost the whole UK population will be able to receive 4G mobile services by the end […]

Ofcom awards Leeds local TV licence to Ian West’s Made Television

UK media regulator Ofcom has awarded a local TV licence for the Northern city of Leeds. The channel will be called Made in Leeds. It will be run by London-based Made Television, formerly Element Television, the group chaired by former BSkyB executive and Top Up TV founder Ian West. It has bid for 11 local […]

YourTV wins Manchester local TV licence

YourTV, backed by former BBC chairman Michael Lyons among others, has secured UK regulator Ofcom’s licence to provide a local TV channel for the Manchester region. YourTV, which lost its bid to operate the licence for London, has also made a number of other local TV bids. The Manchester channel, which could begin broadcasting this […]

Evening Standard beats rivals to win new London TV licence

UK regulator Ofcom has awarded the new local TV licence for London to newspaper the Evening Standard’s London Live. London Live backer Evening Standard TV was one of five bidders for the London licence, regarded as the most commercially significant of the new local digital-terrestrial TV licences to be awarded by Ofcom. The new channel […]

Ofcom awards Comux local TV infrastructure licence

UK regulator Ofcom has awarded Comux UK the licence to operate the UK’s local digital-terrestrial TV infrastructure. Local TV signals will be distributed over the same network that delivers Freeview, the UK’s free-to-air DTT service. DMOL, the organisation responsible for the management and allocation of channel numbers on DTT, has reserved channel numbers for new […]

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