Ofcom: up to 30 more local TV licences to be issued

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Up to 30 more local TV channels could be hitting the airwaves in the UK, after media regulator Ofcom invited expressions of interest in new licences.

Comux, the company awarded the licence to run the technical ‘multiplex’ which will transmit the new services, has identified the areas as being technically feasible for further local TV programme services.

The Swansea and Plymouth licences, which did not attract sufficient interest in the previous round of licensing, will also be re-advertised.

It comes after the award of the initial 19 licences in major cities around the UK. The new licences cover areas with smaller populations, such as Barnstaple, Dundee, Luton and Stoke-on-Trent.

A full list of the areas concerned can be found at Ofcom’s website. The regulator has suggested that the actual number and location of licences to be fully advertised and awarded will be based on the expressions of interest received.

The closing date for expressions of interest, which do not constitute an official application for a licence, is 23 April 2013.

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