Freeview to add dedicated local TV EPG slot in September
A dedicated slot for local TV services will be opened up on the Freeview electronic programme guide (EPG) under finalised plans from the platform's manager.
DTT Multiplex Operators is set to oversee the change on September 19th 2012, as well as the addition of 20 new high-definition slots on the EPG, reports Broadcast.
A specific part of the guide will also be reserved for internet protocol TV services.
The move will take place in the wake of an industry-wide consultation, which began in March.
By adding the new channel slots, Freeview hopes to ease navigation of its EPG and create additional space for new services to launch on the free-to-air digital TV platform over the next three to four years.
Some broadcasters will see their channel number change as a result of the work, but genres are set to keep their relative positions to each other.
The Conservative-led coalition hopes to issue licences for the first local TV stations this summer, with ten to 20 services expected to be in operation by 2015.
Potential operators have until August 13th to apply to Ofcom for a licence.