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Ofcom awards local TV licences for Cambridge and Scarborough

Monday, November 4th 2013 by Nigel Adie
Cambridge and Scarborough local TV licences awarded by Ofcom

Ofcom has awarded its 20th and 21st local TV licences.

Ofcom has announced the award of licences to run local TV services in Cambridge and Scarborough via digital terrestrial TV (DTT), taking the number of licences handed out to 21.

Cambridge Presents has been named as the recipient of the Cambridge licence, while Scarborough's local television service will be run by Yorkshire Coast TV. Estimates from the regulator suggest the licences could reach around 83,000 properties in Cambridge and 31,000 in Scarborough.

Each channel will be broadcast on DTT via the local multiplex - an amount of spectrum reserved specifically for use by local TV channels.

The move comes after Ofcom gave Comux UK a local TV multiplex licence, which will run for a period of 12 years.

These locally focused channels are expected to seek carriage agreements with cable and satellite television services, as well as broadcasting over DTT.

Having awarded the licences for Cambridge and Scarborough, Ofcom said it will consider applications to run local TV services in a further five locations - Bangor, Middlesbrough, Mold, Swansea and York - over the coming months.

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