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Ofcom grants local TV licences for Bristol, Cardiff and Norwich

Thursday, September 20th 2012 by Nigel Adie
Three more local digital TV licences have been granted by Ofcom

Another three local TV licences have been approved by Ofcom.

Ofcom has wasted no time in granting a second set of licences to operate local digital TV channels in Bristol, Cardiff and Norwich.

The new licences were awarded to channels named Made in Bristol, Made in Cardiff and Mustard TV, and will run for a period of up to 12 years. It is hoped some of the new services will be on the air at some point during 2013.

Five local TV licences have now been handed out by Ofcom, with the regulator last week approving bids from Latest TV and Channel 7 Television Community Interest Company to operate services in Brighton and Grimsby respectively.

In May, Ofcom invited companies to come forward and apply to run local TV channels in 21 parts of the country, including the UK's four capitals and Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle.

The approved channel operators will broadcast on digital terrestrial TV, although it is expected they will also look to offer their services on alternative platforms.

Former Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the brainchild of local TV, said in May: "Local TV will not only create jobs, but it will also provide communities with news and content that is relevant to their daily lives."

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