Ofcom has awarded the licence to run the local TV service in London on digital terrestrial TV (DTT). The London channel is expected to cover around 4 million homes1, the largest reach of all the new local TV services.
The award follows legislation enabling Ofcom to issue local TV licences. The channels will broadcast on a specific ‘multiplex’, a discrete amount of spectrum reserved for local TV broadcasting on DTT.
The licence is awarded to:
London: ESTV Ltd
Channel name: London Live
Licences are awarded for a period of up to 12 years. It is hoped that some channels may be on air before the end of 2013.
In May 2012, Ofcom invited applications to run local TV services in 21 local areas. In total, 57 applications were received to run the local TV services, along with four applications for the local multiplex. Ofcom received five applications for the London licence.
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.
Ofcom has now awarded 15 local TV licences, as well as the multiplex licence, and will make further licence awards in the coming months.
A statement setting out the main reasons for the award of the local TV licences referred to above has been published on the Ofcom website.