Ofcom has awarded licences to run local TV services in York and Middlesbrough on digital terrestrial TV (DTT).
The awards follow legislation enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licences. The channels will be broadcast on DTT by the local multiplex, a discrete amount of spectrum reserved for local TV broadcasting on DTT.
The licences are awarded to The York Channel (www.oneandother.com) and Middlesbrough (www.madetelevision.tv).Ofcom awarded a local TV multiplex licence to Comux UK Ltd earlier this year. The local multiplex licence is for a period of 12 years and all local services will run until the same date.
As well as broadcasting on DTT, it is anticipated that local TV channels might also wish to offer their services on satellite, cable and online.
In June 2013, Ofcom started the second phase of local TV licensing by inviting applications to run local TV services in seven local areas. In total, 10 applications were received.
Ofcom will consider applications for local TV licences in Bangor, Mold and Swansea in the coming months.
Ofcom has now awarded 23 local TV licences, as well as the multiplex licence. The first local TV channel began broadcasting in Grimsby on 26 November this year. Ofcom estimates that the local TV licences could reach approximately 100,000 homes in York and 210,000 homes in Middlesbrough. The exact coverage at these locations will be confirmed with the local multiplex licensee.