Ofcom wants Plymouth bids for local TV channel
PLYMOUTH is being given a second shot at having a local TV station – after nobody came forward to run one last time.
The city is on a list of 30 locations announced by Ofcom. The quango wants expressions of interest sent in ahead of a second phase of licensing.
Earlier this month, Ofcom announced it had awarded 19 licences in the first phase.
The Government hopes some of these channels may be on air before the end of this year.
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Plymouth had been on the original phase one list, but was one of two shortlisted locations where no applications were received to run a station, despite previous expressions of interest. The other was Swansea.
Now Ofcom wants the city to make a fresh bid for a local TV channel.
This will broadcast via a specific "multiplex" which has a discrete amount of spectrum reserved for local TV broadcasting on digital terrestrial TV (DTT).
The closing date for expressions of interest is April 24.