Ofcom has awarded the license to run the local TV service in London on digital terrestrial TV (DTT). The London channel is expected to cover around 4 million homes, the largest reach of all the new local TV services.
The award follows legislation enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licenses. The channels will broadcast on a specific ‘multiplex’, a discrete amount of spectrum reserved for local TV broadcasting on DTT.
The license is awarded to:
London: ESTV Ltd
Channel name: London Live
Licenses are awarded for a period of up to 12 years. It is hoped that some channels may be on air before the end of 2013.
In May 2012, Ofcom invited applications to run local TV services in 21 local areas. In total, 57 applications were received to run the local TV services, along with four applications for the local multiplex. Ofcom received five applications for the London license.
As well as broadcasting on DTT, it is anticipated that local TV channels might also wish to offer their services on satellite, cable and online.
Ofcom has now awarded 15 local TV licenses, as well as the multiplex license, and will make further license awards in the coming months.
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