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New framework for Local Television

posted 19 Jul 2011, 01:47 by Ben Edwards   [ updated 5 Sept 2011, 02:30 ]
"A new framework which will allow local television services to be created across the UK was published yesterday by Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt.

The Government is committed to acting to address the technical and commercial barriers to developing new and thriving local TV provision broadcast on Freeview – the digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform. To make it feasible, Mr Hunt is announcing that a package of geographic interleaved spectrum will be allocated and managed by a new licensed multiplex company. This company will be obliged to build and operate the necessary multiplexes to carry separately licensed local TV services. The number of services that will emerge is subject to spectrum coverage and commercial sustainability. Ofcom will lead the licence award process for each."

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