Comux signs UK local TV deal with Arqiva

Comux, the organisation appointed by UK regulator Ofcom to build and operate the infrastructure for new local TV channels, has selected Arqiva to provide transmission services for the new local stations.

The first 19 new channels go live across the UK before the start of 2014, broadcasting on Freeview Channel 8 in England and Wales.

The multi-year agreement sees Arqiva provide the main transmission services for local TV, including network access and managed transmissions.

Comux will use Arqiva masts, power supplies and transmission site antennas, while Arqiva will manage the transmission of Comux’s playout signal. This will provide local TV stations with the link they need for broadcasting.

Arqiva managing director of broadcast and media Steve Holebrook said: “The launch of local TV services across the UK is an exciting part of the new broadcasting landscape and we are delighted to be part of it.”

Comux chief executive Ed Hall said: “Arqiva’s history in programme transmission services, and their ability to deliver local television within a very short timescale made them an obvious choice.

“Arqiva’s 24/7 support services will enable the local stations to maintain a good reliable service which is critical to ensuring quality and professionalism.”

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